John Degenkolb doesn’t have a knackered leg

Or maybe he does. After all, bust limbs seem to be performance enhancing if Alberto Contador’s form is anything to go by. Before the stage, Degenkolb was bandaged from a crash and saying he couldn’t produce much power. After the stage, he was standing on the podium getting kissed on the cheeks by raven-haired Spanish women.

The stage itself was dull. I only watched the highlights and fast forwarded through most of even that.

However, one thing of note is that Tom Boonen’s started racing. He came second and Peter Sagan came fourth with both looking to peak for the World Championships. There aren’t too many more chances for either in this year’s Vuelta, but it’s never a bad thing to have big names competing for non-mountain stages.

Carlos Betancur watch

Finished 143rd, but being as that was in the main group, this pretty much represented his most successful day of racing in quite some time. He remains fourth from last overall.

Stage 13

An intriguing one. Here’s the profile. The climbs aren’t severe but the knobbly-bobbly finish might encourage some nice messy racing.