Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), winner of stage 11: “The truth is I'm very happy. It was a very hard stage, we spend more energy with the rain. I'm very happy because the team has been working very well since the beginning of La Vuelta. Our teammates had to work a lot for Fabio (Aru) and I. It's been impressive and in the end we found the good legs. I knew the final a little bit so I was cool headed and I chose to wait for the very steep last kilometre. I hope to maintain the progression I've had so far. Last year, a crash unfortunately took me out of La Vuelta but this year I'm feeling a lot of calm and I go step by step.”
Lopez: “I chose to wait for the very steep last kilometre”
interview30.08.2017Stage 11- Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto
Miguel Angel ‘Superman' Lopez enjoyed the first high-altitude finish of La Vuelta 2017, on Wednesday, to claim his first Grand Tour victory. The Colombian climber stuck with the favorites in the climb up to the astronomical observatory of Calar Alto and accelerated in the final kilometre to win ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky), who keeps opening gaps on GC. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is now 2nd, with a delay of 1'19”. Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) lost two minutes.
Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I'm very happy with the outcomes from today. It was a very selective day for the GC. To finish 2nd, I couldn't ask for much more than that, other than stage victory, but when (Miguel Angel) Lopez went he was extremely strong. I figured for me the most important thing was to follow Vincenzo Nibali and stay with the favorites. Lopez was the most impressive today with his attack to win the stage, but otherwise I was more concentrated on staying with...
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