Friday September 1st, 2017

Stage 13Coín / Tomares

Start 12h43 (Local time)

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Stage summary01.09.2017

Trentin makes it three

Already twice a stage winner at La Vuelta 2017, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) made the most of a hard finale at Tomares to raise his arm a third time, on Thursday. The Italian rider dominated Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) at the end of stage 13. He brings his Belgian team a fifth victory at La Vuelta 2017, the same record they achieved at the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this season. Chris Froome (Team Sky) avoided any slip-up to make sure...

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), best young rider: “It was a hard final, I didn't expect something like that. We thought it would be a sprint. That's how it ended up, but with a very small group. It was hard. Now we have to think about tomorrow. Fortunately we've been good today. (Fabio) Aru looks really good, for sure these two great stages will allow us to enjoy ourselves.”

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Alessandro De Marchi (BMC): “We were five strong guys at the beginning and then in the end… not so strong. We lost one guy immediately in the mountain because (Davide Villella) was just looking for the points. And then the other three were really good riders. With the right collaboration, it was a good opportunity. I'm happy because I prefer to follow my feelings. Today was a good day so why stay in the bunch? Tomorrow, a lot of guys will ask me if I go in the breakaway and I will...

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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), most aggressive rider: “The chances for the break were small, but with (Alessandro) De Marchi we were strong. We were really not bad riders. We had a chance. We tried to go as fast as possible in the last 30 kilometres, but it was difficult. We didn't have a big gap. Today I didn't even sprint for the mountain jersey, it's not an objective anymore.”

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Moscon: “I improvised”

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky): “It was pretty hard in the finale. We tried to stay at the front with (Chris) Froome. Then I was in a good position in the last km so why not try? It's a shame to finish 2nd. I improvised. You never know how the race goes. I felt good. We do obviously a lot of work for Froome. We believe in him 100%. Today was a good finale for me. There aren't many opportunities for me. This was really tough with the climb in the final 4km. Now we focus on the mountains.”

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Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors): “It went almost exactly as we planned. We had to control the whole day because Matteo (Trentin) is doing very well and he was the top favorite. We did a major job. In the finale, there was a pretty steep climb. Matteo was still in front with two guys. It's amazing how Matteo finished the job. You can have a strong team but if you don't have a finisher you're nowhere. He's so strong. It also gives us confidence to do the best we can to bring him in the...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I was just up there to make sure I wasn't getting any time splits but I was more excited to see where (Gianni) Moscon was in the finish. He did such a great job looking after me in the finale. I just said to him in the last km ‘go go go go go, try to win the stage'. If he wasn't doing so much work for me he would have had even a better chance. I saw how fresh, how strong he looked. I was in a safe position so I didn't need his help anymore. His...

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Trentin: “I had to win”

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), stage winner: “To be honest, it wasn't at all a finale to my taste. On paper it looked like it was less hard, especially from 3km to 2km to go. But we decided to go for it, the whole team except of course for (David) De La Cruz. The guys were incredible. Everybody did his job, gave 100% of what he had. I had to win. When the team is like this, you must finish off the work. It's amazing. I came in this race with confidence but I never expect something...

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