It was a tough day in the mountains today with numerous riders succumbing to the cold conditions and withdrawing, including Ivan Basso. It was a day of mixed emotions for the Cannondale team as they also took the stage win through Daniele Ratto who was part of the day’s early break and then went on his own with 45km to go to win by a fair margin.

Back with the big dogs and Nibali stamped his authority on the race with only Horner able to stay with him. While the gap back to Horner is less than a minute mentally it feels a lot wider.

The experts

Goon from VeloTipper was on Valverde last night, a guy who looked like he was about to crack but managed to minimise his time damages. The InnerRing was on Igor Anton who finished well, only a couple of minutes down on a big day for losses.

The stage winners

Unsurprisingly no-one selected Ratto, though a heap were on Nibali. Hence the top 10 stays as it was the day before.

The leaders

Top ten

  1. Chris Seglenieke
  2. Brad Stephens
  3. Olly Harris
  4. Scott Weston
  5. Jackson Ankers
  6. Jeremy Smith
  7. James Colasante
  8. Ter Culloty
  9. Erin Tanner
  10. Alex Hersey

In the Sprint classification Brad Stephens has taken the jersey by one point over Scott Weston, 194 to 193. The KOM was the only thing warming up in last night’s stage and Michael Henley now holds the lead with 28 points.

Looking forward

Well tonight we are looking at a stage that could really break open this Vuelta. Forecast weather conditions are the same as Stage 14 but the stage is longer and harder.

You might recognise the beautiful and tough Port de Bales and Peyresourde at the end of the stage, with the race crossing and finishing in France. If you ever get a chance do the Port de Bales climb from the Mauleon Barousse side. Sensational!

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