Geniez Climbs to Victory in Stage 15 of Vuelta
Alexandre Geniez (Francaise des Jeux) has won Stage 15 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana. The Frenchman, one of two survivors of a daylong break, took the 224.9-km ride from Andorra to Peyragudes, France in 6:20:12. Scarponi, the other survivor, finished second at 3:03, and Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) took third at 3:07. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished fourth at 3:20 and remains the red jersey.
the back. The gap between the red jersey group and Roche was narrowed to 0:31 with nine km left.
Kiserlovski began pacemaking for Horner. The acceleration reduced Geniez’s lead, but the Frenchman would not be caught. Sanchez and Konig were dropped, but both got back on on the descent before the short climb to the finish. Sanchez attacked on the final climb, and the others let him go.
Rodriguez attacked, but the rest of the group reeled him in. With three km remaining, Geniez was 4:22 ahead of the red jersey group.
Horner accelerated, and Valverde, Nibali, Rodriguez, and Pozzovivo joined him. One km later, Nibali took over and led the group across the line. They were 3:20 behind Geniez, 3:03 behind Scarponi, and 3:07 behind Roche.
In the overall, Nibali leads Horner by 0:50 and Valverde by 1:42. Stage 16 will be another high mountain stage. The 147.7-km ride from Graus to Formigal will feature a Category 2 climb before the first category ascent to the finish. There will be an early break, but the red jersey group will catch it. A member of that group will win the stage. Who will it be? Nibali? Horner? Valverde? Rodriguez? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!