Saturday September 2nd, 2017

Stage 14Écija / Sierra de La Pandera

Start 12h57 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 14 - La Vuelta 2017

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After crashing out of the Tour and losing his GC ambitions due to illness on La Vuelta 2017, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) proved on Saturday his aggressive racing could still earn him major victories. The Polish climber made the break at the start of stage 14 and was the only attacker to hold off the favorites on the climb up Sierra de la Pandera. Third behind Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) gains 4 seconds on Chris Froome (Team Sky). Wilco Kelderman (Team...

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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): “(Chris) Froome is strong, he's proved it. He's had a great team supporting him. In the last climb we could try something different. Astana worked very well, (Alberto) Contador too. We're all trying, but Froome is very strong.”

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Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), leader of the KOM classification: “Today again there were important KOM points up for grabs. I managed to win atop the first two climbs and I'm very happy with this. I did it with the help of Simon Clarke who won that jersey in the past (in 2012). Climbing the last hill on a slow rhythm, we spoke about how to win this classification at La Vuelta. I have a good advisor here.”

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Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac): “I'm very happy, very proud. The team is riding well, they're positioning me well and they believe in me. That's sweet. The big goal for me is to win a stage. That's still the main goal. And hopefully I can keep my position in the top 10 of the overall classification.”

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Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), most aggressive rider: “I was quite affected by my crash for a couple days, I'm doing better every day. Today I tried again. It was hard to make the break. Unfortunately the bunch pulled hard behind us and we didn't have a big enough gap to play it differently and prevent (Rafal) Majka from winning. In the end, the strongest won but with a bigger lead we could have tried to anticipate or play around. But Majka was the strongest. Today was an important day because...

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), best young rider: “First of all I have to thank my teammates because they've been doing an amazing work putting two men at the front to reduce the time gap. Luis Leon (Sanchez) and Pello (Bilbao) have been magnificent at the front of the bunch. In the end we came short by very little. We deserved it. The important thing is to have the great sensations I was having today. Tomorrow will be a great day to have good legs again. Of course, if I do, I'll try...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “Today was a hard day, there was quite some wind. The outcome is everyone spent a lot of energy again. We'll see how we recover ahead of tomorrow. To see (Chris) Froome at the back sometimes is normal. He isn't feeling bad, he's controlling. Maybe I didn't play my hand right in the final and I've lost a few precious seconds, but it was a good stage. An alliance with Nibali? Alliances are things that come up or not, it's not easy. The two of us have tried,...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I think it was, actually, a fantastic stage for us. The guys didn't panic when the big attacks came from Chaves, Nibali and Contador. We didn't panic. We stayed together, paced really well and I think we can be pretty happy with what we did today. It was a dangerous day. We had real fireworks in a stage like this in the past, but I think we managed today really well. Given that we have two back-to-back really hard days and tomorrow is the last one...

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Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), stage winner: “I feel great, really. I don't have problems like in the Tour, where I crashed. I came here for the GC and I got sick. I almost went home. I'm so happy. Not because I win, but for my teammates. They did a very good job. The team trusted in me and I'm happy to get the win today. I was pretty confident. I have really good legs and actually my teammate Patrick Konrad has done a great job for me. When I saw (Rui) Costa suffering, I went in the first...

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