Thursday August 31st, 2017

Stage 12Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes

Start 13h28 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 12 - La Vuelta 2017

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Already winner of stage 6, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) led another victorious breakaway on stage 12 of La Vuelta. The Polish rider dropped all his companions in the last climb of the day to solo to the win at Antequera, on Thursday. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) enjoyed that same climb to go on the move again… and Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed twice in the following downhill. The British rider will spend a 10th consecutive day in red tomorrow but he lost 20 seconds to Vincenzo...

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), best young rider: “We were going very fast in the downhill, with our team we were right behind the riders from Team Sky. I moved past him (Chris Froome) when he lost control of his bike and then I didn't see what was happening. These things happen in a race. Today I was again with the favorites in the last climb and I'll keep going day by day, let's see how the legs do. I enjoy being the best young rider of La Vuelta. I enjoyed watching riders from the Tour and...

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Omar Fraile (Dimension Data): “I'd already been feeling better in the past few days and I wanted to do something today. I think I can be happy with that second place, because I was about to go home a few days ago. Today Tomasz (Marczynski) was the strongest and we have to congratulate him. It's being a very unlucky La Vuelta (five riders from Dimension Data have already abandoned) and I also wanted to win to lift up the spirits in the team. I've tried, but we're really unlucky. To be only...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “It panned out much better than what we could hope for. I spoke with (Nicolas) Roche and I attacked with him. Since he couldn't hold the pace, he told me to go alone. We have a good relation. I knew I had a teammate ahead (Edward Theuns) and we gave it all. It was a hard descent, with a reflections on the surface because of the humidity. We went as fast as possible and now we need to recover. Froome crashed but he didn't lose much time and I'm sure he'll...

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Nicolas Roche (BMC): “It's my fault if it turned into a GC day. Everybody was quite happy with the pace. I just thought why not. It wasn't as hard a climb as the other days so it could have been an opportunity to grab some precious seconds. The idea was good when I went with Alberto (Contador) but then his pace was just a little bit too high for me on the climb and I thought it would be better to kind of ease off and not totally explode as the group behind was coming pretty fast. This...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I'm doing okay, thankfully. I'm just grateful there's nothing more serious. It is never nice to crash. I had two teammates with me, Mikel Nieve and Wouter Poels, and they were incredible. They helped me all the way to the finish and helped me limit the losses to the Vincenzo Nibali group. I just slipped, I lost my front wheel in the corner. It was the same for the second crash. Of course I don't like to give away time but I'm grateful it's 20...

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Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), stage winner: “It felt even better than the first one. I could enjoy more in the final as I was alone. It was an incredible stage. After my first victory, I still had good legs. I wanted to try again today. I was a little bit afraid because at the beginning I spent a lot of energy. I tried like 100 times just to get in the breakaway. There was again a big fight. Once I was there, I thought today could be my day again. I felt good. I stayed calm until the...

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