Vuelta a Espana in photos: stages 10 to 12

by Matt de Neef

The past few days of the Vuelta a Espana have been marred by the withdrawal of one of the pre-race favourites, Nairo Quintana (Movistar). But away from that drama, the Vuelta has continued apace, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) looking strong in the lead as the second week of the race unfolds. In this piece we bring you a gallery of images from stages 10 to 12, courtesy of Jim Fryer and Iri Greco of BrakeThrough Media.

Be sure to check out Jim and Iri’s photos from stages 1 to 3, stages 4 to 6 and stages 7 to 9 of the Vuelta as well.

Going into the stage 10 ITT, Nairo Quintana was in the red leader’s jersey for the first time in the race. During the stage the Colombian Giro d’Italia winner hit a roadside barrier and crashed hard, losing time as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the stage and Alberto Contador finished fourth, moving into the overall lead.

The following day, on stage 11, Quintana crashed again, abandoning the Vuelta with a fractured scapula. Meanwhile Fabio Aru (Astana) was adding to his Giro d’Italia stage win, while Contador finished fourth to earn another day in red.

And on stage 12 John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) sprinted to his third stage win in this year’s Vuelta, as Contador finished safely in the bunch to maintain his overall lead.

And so with nine stages remaining in the final Grand Tour of the year, Alberto Contador leads proceedings by 20 seconds over compatriot Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is another 48 seconds back in third place, followed by Chris Froome (Sky) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha). Can Contador hold on to win the Vuelta less than two months after crashing out of the Tour de France with a broken leg?

In the meantime, be sure to check out the following gallery of photos from stages 10 to 12 courtesy of BrakeThrough Media. Click through to follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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