We spoke to soon, Higuita and De Marchi have been swept up as the race nears the holiday destination of Nerja.
Higuita and De Marchi have extended their lead to 30 seconds. Other riders are chasing them.
A break is perhaps forming.
Could we see Thibaut Pinot on the attack? That would be rather nice.
🇫🇷 @ThibautPinot – @GroupamaFDJ: “Tengo buenos recuerdo de Peñas Blancas. El objetivo es la fuga. Esperamos una gran y larga batalla.” “The objective is to take the breakaway. We expect a very, very big battle that can last for a while.”#LaVuelta22 pic.twitter.com/xiGLUrZ0ZtSeptember 1, 2022
A new attack!
Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Premier Tech) have opened a gap. Vamos!
Click below for our latest COVID-19 update.
The Vuelta a España has now seen 23 riders leave the race after testing positive for COVID-19, more than the totals from the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France put together.
Before stage 11 Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) were forced to abandon from top 10 GC positions, while Equipo Kern Pharma lost three riders to positive tests – Roger Adrià, Héctor Carretero, and Pau Miquel.
It’s another day at the Vuelta a España and so there are more COVID-19 positives and more riders leaving the race.
On Thursday morning, Bahrain Victorious announced that their Colombian climber Santiago Buitrago had tested positive for the virus after showing mild symptoms.
Shortly after Bahrain’s statement, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert announced that their Dutch sprinter Boy van Poppel would also be leaving the race after testing positive. He had finished 10th on Wednesday’s flat sprint stage.
The pace is still high but we have gruppo compatto for now.
Who will dear to attack next?
The pace is up to 50km/h at the moment as the attacks fly off the front.
Potential stage winners need to be excellent climbers and out of the GC battle but it would be dangerous to let those four get back into the battle for overall victory.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Qazaqstan), Mark Padun (EF Education-Easy Post) and Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) go in a new attack but they are quickly closed down.
Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is the first to attack.
The race director has waved the flag and the stage is officially underway.
The road to Estepona and the final climb follows the coast to Malaga and then onto Marbella. We’re expecting more stunning coastlines and an early breakaway of stage hunters.
🏁 ¡Salida neutralizada de la etapa 1⃣2⃣!🏁 Neutralised start of Stage 1⃣2⃣!❤️ 𝑺𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒏̃𝒂 #LaVuelta22 pic.twitter.com/WdHBvK7AlRSeptember 1, 2022
The riders have just rolled out of Salobreña and face a rolling 192km in the saddle with the 19km climb up to the finish.
After yesterday’s sprint finish, today’s 12th stage will be very different.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España.