Stage 11 report: Vuelta tipping competition presented by CyclingExpress.com

by Matt de Neef


Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España has been run and won and the results are now in for our Vuelta tipping competition. Byron Davy from Velotipper.com gives us the latest.

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After our first rest day it was back to it in a big way with a hilly 38km TT last night. And it was a return to the 2000s with the way Fabian Cancellara just destroyed the opposition. All the smart money was on Der Panzerwagen Tony Martin but it was a throwback performance from Cancellara who won by 37 seconds.

Nibali is now in Red and god knows who will be able to unseat him. And God knows why they changed the leader’s jersey from gold to red. The gold jersey was a classic!

Who tipped whom?

Well it was the Martin and Cancellara show, unsurprisingly, with the two covering 190 of the tips for the day. Tony Martin was the most favoured of the two with 138 tippers!

The experts

Most of the top 10 tippers picked either Cancellara or Martin. The InnerRing was riding the AB FAB train while VeloTipper’s Goon was on his old favourite Tony Martin.

The stage winners

As mentioned previously 52 people selected Fabian Cancellara, including several in the top 10 which has created another shake-up at the top of the leaderboard.

The leaders

With the selection of Cancellara, Brad Stephens has jumped into the Red jersey! Olly Harris sits only six seconds back with Cristiano Barbosa only a further 3 seconds behind. Things are far from over!

Top ten:

  1. Brad Stephens
  2. Olly Harris
  3. Cristiano Barbosa
  4. inrng.com
  5. Scott Weston
  6. Derek Clarke
  7. Chris Seglenieke
  8. Jeremy Smith
  9. Jackson Ankers
  10. Heath Wade

The ever-consistent Scott Weston has jumped into the lead in the sprint competition with 157 points, only a point ahead of Alex Hersey. Amazingly for an ITT there were also KOM points on offer which has allowed Jim Humphrys to jump into the leaders jersey on 19 points.

Looking forward

Tonight we head down to the amazing coastline around Tarragona. Apart from a couple of lumps early this is a fast run into an assumed group kick. From my experience it can get pretty windy around these parts of the coast. The teams will be nervous to keep it all together and there could be some GC fireworks.

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