Vuelta a España
Stage 9: Antequera - Valdepeñas de Jaén - Stage Details

Dani Moreno (Katusha) launched a perfectly time attack on the steepest ramp of “the wall” up to the finish line in Valdepeñas de Jaén on stage nine of the Vuelta a España. His effort earned him a solo stage win, 4” ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) ,and the red leader’s jersey. With his 10” time bonus as stage winner and and 8” gap on overnight leader Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff), Moreno move into the race lead by 1” ahead of the Irishman.

Although ORICA-GreenEDGE looked after Simon Gerrans in the build-up to the finish, Gerrans lost contact with the front group over the category two climb that signaled the start of the business end of the race. Simon Clarke and Christian Meier flew the flag for the Australian outfit in the final, with Meier ultimately rounding out the top 30 and Clarke crossing the line in 31st place.

"In the end, we didn’t achieve what we wanted in terms of results. Clarkey and I finished 49” behind Moreno and Gerro was in a group that crossed the line in 1’45. Still, it was good to stretch the legs, and I think this a good exercise for Gerro looking forward to the World Championships. We went through the motions although we didn’t get the result, and it was successful in that regard." - Christian Meier

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) - Katusha 4:18:57
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) - Movistar Team 0:00:04
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) - Katusha ST
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08
5 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) - Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:09
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) - Astana Pro Team ST
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:13
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) - Team Argos-Shimano ST
10 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) - Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:15
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
30 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:49
31 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
62 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:45
153 Baden Cooke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:16:19
155 Sam Bewley (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
166 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:16:29
168 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
182 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST