Thursday August 31st, 2017

Stage 12Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes

Start 13h28 (Local time)

Marczynski twice winner, Froome twice on the ground

Stage summary31.08.2017Stage 12- Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes

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 Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), now trailing by 59 seconds on GC, and 42 to Contador.

172 riders participated in the early battle for the breakaway as George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Jorge Arcas (Movistar) and Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb) had to withdraw due to illnesses. It took 50km of hard racing for 14 riders to open a gap with the peloton: Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport).

The attackers quickly opened a 5 minutes gap and their lead steadily increased, up to 9 minutes at the bottom of the last climb of the day. Canty launched the first moves but Marczynski proved himself to be the strongest in the climb. He summited with a lead of 1 minutes over Rojas, Canty, Clement, Fraile and Poljanski and flew to victory in the 20km run down to Antequera.

In the peloton, Nicolas Roche (BMC) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) attacked 5.5km away from the summit. The Spanish climber, triple winner of La Vuelta, set a hard pace the Irish rider couldn't match. He enjoyed a 30” lead at the summit, with 17.5km to go. Chris Froome (Team Sky) then crashed twice in the downhill. With the help of Mikel Nieve and Wouter Poels, he limited his losses to 20 seconds over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and 42 over Alberto Contador.

  • Marczynski twice winner, Froome twice on the ground

    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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