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La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 9; Carbonera de Guadaza – Valdelinares, 181 km. Winner Wins and Chad Chats

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Valdelinares

Stage Nine to Valdelinares; a horrible day after the baking heat of Andalucía – but joy at last for Lampre with Anacona after the Ulissi and Horner debacles.

But where the hell is Pippo?

Perfect tactics from Movistar; “we’ve got a man in the break, why would we chase?…

And they keep the jersey – and despite the best efforts of the Media to rustle up a feud, Quintana and Valverde seem to us to be working a perfect ‘one – two.’

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Quintana takes over the red jersey. Photo©Unipublic

However, a lot of watts burned up for no reward by Sky and there’s a loud ‘splash!’ on the wet tar as Alberto throws down the gauntlet.

Quintana and Rodriguez are quick to pick it up but Valverde and Froome are a little slower.

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Dan Martin tried to escape the bunch. Photo©Unipublic
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Jungels, Moreno and Anacona in the break. Photo©Unipublic
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Contador gave it a dig today. Photo©Unipublic
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Columbian Winner Anacona took the stage. Photo©Unipublic

But that’s enough of my pontificating – let’s hear what a man who’s actually riding the race is saying…

It’s your first Grand Tour; the opening week has been savage with the heat, speed, hills and crashes.

So, what do you do on the first rest day?

If you’re Giant-Shimano’s 26 year-old American, Chad Haga, you speak to VeloVeritas, of course!