Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Stage 16Circuito de Navarra / Logroño

Start 13h32 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary05.09.2017

Froome dominates the time-trial

Chris Froome (Team Sky) made the most of the ITT set at Logroño on Tuesday, claiming a second stage victory at La Vuelta 2017 and extending his GC lead. With a time of 47'00” to cover 40.2km, the British rider gained 29” on Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and 57” on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), still 2nd overall but with a delay up to 1'58”. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) makes it into the top 5 of the race for the first time this year. With many mountain challenges still ahead of...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “I'm happy. I would have been very happy if I'd won the stage, but I'm happy. Furthermore, I didn't have time checks. I didn't know what the gaps were with my rivals, I was bit in the unknown. It was a good time-trial, and I'm even more motivated because the legs didn't hurt when I woke up. That means we made the most of the rest day and now let's see what we can do in this this last week. I knew it would be almost impossible for me to win such a flat...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), stage winner and overall leader: “I was just riding at the speed that I thought best. I wasn't really getting that many time checks from the car so I didn't really know where I was. I presumed it was probably not good news so I was a bit worried half-way through but only coming in the last 6-7km I found out I was on track to fight for the stage. It's a big relief and obviously I'm super happy to be in this position. That's an amazing feeling to extend my lead and...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:48Froome opens GC differences, Contador in the top 5

General classification after stage 16:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky)

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), +1'58"

3. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), +2'40"

4. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), +3'07"

5. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), +4'58"

17:42Top 5

Results at Logroño

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky), 47'00”

2. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +29”

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), +57”

4. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), +59”

5. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), +59”

17:40Froome dominates the ITT at Logroño!

Chris Froome (Team Sky) claims his second stage victory at La Vuelta 2017 with a dominant performance on the individual time-trial: 47'00".

17:35Kelderman ahead of Contador

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) makes it to the finish line with a time of 47'29". That's 30" faster than Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) drops 3'32".

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) are the last riders still on the course.

17:28Froome faster than Kelderman

Chris Froome (Team Sky) made a strong push on the way to the second intermediate point. He is now leading with a difference of 7" at km 27.9. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is losing 38".

17:26Contador takes the lead

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is the fastest rider so far, with 47'59". Wout Poels (Team Sky) is third on the provisional standings, with a time 48'11".

17:22Kelderman once again the fastest

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) also sets the best time at the second intermediate point: 33'50". Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) is 2nd, with a delay of 19".

17:19Contador goes hard, Lopez resists

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) sets the provisional best time after 27.9km: 34'17", 4 seconds faster than Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ). Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) made it to the same point with a delay of 1'01".

17:09Froome and Nibali behind Keldermand

Chris Froome (Team Sky) sets the 4th best time after 13km: 15'23". Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) reached the same point in 15'23".

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), the fastest so far, is already overtaking Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), who started two minutes before him.

17:03Kelderman 18" faster than Contador

Strong start from Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) with a new best time at the first intermediate point: 15'00".

16:57Nibali: "I'll fight on"

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport during the rest day. “It's more in Chris' (Froome) favour but I've always defended myself well”, he said about the ITT of Logroño. The winner of La Vuelta 2010 also reflected on his chances of overcoming his 1'01” deficit over Chris Froome (Team Sky) to claim the overall victory at the end of the week: "I don't know, there are a lot of variables so it's difficult to give a percentage. It was a 'Super Sky' that made the...

16:54Fastest start for Contador, Froome goes

As Chris Froome (Team Sky) is the last rider to tackle the ITT, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) sets the best time after 13km: 15'18", 5 seconds faster than Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) and Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ).

16:48Ludvigsson, flying high the banner of Sweden

Sweden is one of the 11 countries with riders participating at La Vuelta 2017 but no top 10 finishes. Denmark, New Zealand, Ecuador, Estonia, Latvia, Uruguay, Morocco, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Slovakia are the others. Among them, Denmark and New Zealand are the only with more than one rider in the race (6 and 4).

16:41Contador: "Four demanding days ahead"

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) spoke to the media on Monday ahead of his last time-trial as a professional rider: “In the end, my goals for the following days will be dictated by the race. There are four very demanding stages ahead: tomorrow's time trial, then the 3 uphill finishes, ending with the Angliru stage. The time trial is going to be very hard, and after it we'll know if my goal will be stage wins or the GC. I'm pretty happy with my Vuelta so far. It is going to be difficult to...

16:35Ludvigsson "I was expecting an average speed around 48km/h"

Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) covered the 40.2km at 50.1km/h, way faster than he expected: “The legs felt good at the beginning, and I had to take care because I broke my water bottle. I was really panicking because it was so hot, also with this helmet. It's the first time so far, but there's still so many guys to come. We will see. I did the reckon yesterday and I talked to the mechanics to put the 58 ring because in this parcours you can pedal easily. But, obviously, you need good legs also. I...

16:283rd time for Jungels

With 48'41", Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) sets the third best time so far, behind Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) and Lennard Kämna (Sunweb).

16:21Bardet crashes

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) crashed in a curve on the Circuito de Navarra. He quickly got back up.

16:16Froome: "I'm not expecting to take huge amounts of time"

The top 20 riders on GC are about to start. Chris Froome (Team Sky), the overall leader, gave a press conference on Monday: “To be a minute ahead of my closest rival is a good position to be in after two weeks of racing and going into the final week. The team has been a big, big part of how my race has gone so far. I think Sunday's stage was a great show of the team I have around me and just the fact that we were put under so much pressure by our opposition and the way the team handled it...

16:09Ludvigsson takes the lead

Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) went 23" faster than Lennard Kämna (Sunweb) with a time of 48'07" on the finish line.

He's the first rider to cover the 40.2km route with a speed higher than 50km/h (50.1km/h).

16:00Ludvigsson and Jungels threaten Kämna

Le champion de Suède Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) set the best time at the 2nd point with 34'21, 19 seconds faster than Lennard Kämna (Team Sunweb).

Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) went as fast as Ludvigsson in the first 13km: 15'23".

15:53A first German victory?

If he holds on the hot seat, Lennard Kämna (Sunweb) would be the first German rider to win a La Vuelta stage since John Degenkolb in 2015. The year before, Tony Martin won a time-trial at Borja.

77 riders from 22 different nationalities have made it into the top 10 of La Vuelta stages so far this year.

VICTORY

1. Italy: 4

2. Poland: 3

3. Colombia: 2

4. Belgium, France, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Slovenia: 1

TOP 3

1. Spain: 9

2....

15:47Jungels and Oliveira are ont the course

Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), one of the riders expected to shine today, just took the start at Circuito de Navarra. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) went 7 minutes before him.

15:38Kämmna: "I didn't plan to go that fast"

Lennard Kämmna (Sunweb) spoke to lavuelta.com after his impressive performance: “It was a bit harder than expected but generally it was a nice course. Normally I didn't plan to go that fast but after a while I was feeling really good so I pedalled as hard as I could. I was into a good rhythm so it's a good TT for me. It's great (to beat someone like Daniel Oss). I didn't expect that.”

15:31Kämna sets the new best time

Lennard Kämmna (Team Sunweb), who was already leading after 27.9km, is also ahead of Daniel Oss (BMC) on the finish line: 48'30".

15:27Gougeard: "Oss is a really good rider, so it's not bad"

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), who actually finished only 1 second behind Daniel Oss, spoke to Eurosport: “I started well. I quickly came back to the rider who went before me. In the climbing stretches, I didn't feel like I was going really fast but in the end it's not so bad. I had the best time at the intermediate point and I end up one second behind Daniel Oss, who's a really good rider. So it's not bad so far. I'm quite happy. I had a good rest day yesterday, it felt good good...

15:22Kamna and Ludvigsson, new threats for Oss

Lennard Kämna (Team Sunweb), 4th in the last U23 ITT World Championships, has set the new best time at km 27.9: 34'40", 6" faster than Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) and 17" ahead of Daniel Oss (BMC).

The Swedish national champion Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), 3rd last year at Calpe, is on his way.

15:13Quick-Step omnipresent

With three different stage winners (Matteo Trentin x3, Yves Lampaert, Julian Alaphilippe), Quick-Step Floors have put on a dominant performance through the first two weeks of racing of La Vuelta 2017. Six different riders from Bora-Hansgrohe have made it into the top 10 of a stage, while Jetse Bol is the only one who did so for Manzana Postobon. As individuals, Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) have been the most present with 1 stage victory, 2 other podium spots...

15:052nd time for Gougeard

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), who had set the best time after 27.9km, makes it to the finish with a delay of 5" over Daniel Oss' reference.

15:00Oss: "It was really fast and the wind helps to get speed"

Daniel Oss (BMC): “It's pretty early in the day. I think we have to wait a lot. The best riders are still to come. Anyway I'm here looking for a good shape for the Worlds' team time-trial. I have good legs, I can say I'm ready. It's not an easy course. It was really fast and the wind from behind helps to get speed.”

14:50Koning: "There was almost no wind"

Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) spoke to lavuelta.com after his performance: “It's a nice course. I felt good today. I looked forward to the TT because it's my speciality. In my first Grand Tour, I wanted to give it a go. I'm happy with how I rode. There was almost no wind. If it changes later, you never can tell. But it doesn't matter, I enjoyed it. It is a pretty straightforward route.”

14:48Oss ahead of Lampaert and Koning

Daniel Oss (BMC) sets the new best time: 48'49". Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) covered the 40.2km in 49'07", 12" faster than Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport).

14:39Fastest time for Koning

Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) sets a reference of 49'19" on the finish line, 11" faster than Lasse Norman Hansen, and 2'15" faster than Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal).

Daniel Oss (BMC) has the best time at the 2nd intermediate, 2 seconds faster than Koning. Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) is at 8".

14:26Koning ahead of Hansen

Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) is also the fastest rider at the second intermediate point (km 27.9): 34'59". That's 20" faster than his teammate Lasse Norman Hansen.

14:21Lampaert and Terpstra behind Koning

Yves Lampaert has set the second fastest time at the first intermediate point, one second slower than Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport). His Quick-step Floors teammate Niki Terpstra is third, 16" further behind.

14:11A tribute to Angel Nieto

Stage 16, with a start from the racing tracks Circuito de Navarra, is the occasion for La Vuelta to pay tribute to the late Angel Nieto. The legendary motorcycle racer passed away a month ago, aged 70. An arch is set at km “12+1” as Nieto won 13 World Championships but superstition led him to claim he won “12+1” titles. He retired in 1986 at the age of 39 years old. Nieto also claimed 90 Grand Prix victories, the third highest tally ever achieved by a motorcycle racer.

14:04Fast start for Koning

Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport) has just set the fastest time at the first intermediate point (km 13): 15'26". That's 30" faster than his teammate Lasse Norman Hansen.

13:58Lampaert is on his way

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) is the 24th rider to tackle stage 16 of La Vuelta 2017. The Belgian rider won the national time-trial championships in June. His stage win at Gruissan (stage 2) granted him the red jersey for one day before Chris Froome (Team Sky) took over the overall classification.

13:52Previous ITTs at La Vuelta

Winners of the last 10 individual time-trials at La Vuelta:

2016: Chris Froome (Team Sky), Xabia-Calpe (37km)

2015: Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), Burgos (38.7km)

2014: Adriano Malori (Movistar), Santiago de Compostela (9.7km)

2014: Tony Martin (OmegaPharma-Quick Step), Santa Maria de Veruela-Borja (36.7km)

2013: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard), Tarazona (38.8km)

2012: Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana), Cambados-Pontevedra (40km)

2011: Tony...

13:46"It's a time-trial about power, with a few small climbing sections"

Fernando Escartín, technical director of La Vuelta described today's stage for lavuelta.com: “It's a medium range time-trial, neither short nor long. On paper it's for specialists, it doesn't have any long climb. It's a time-trial about power, with a few small climbing sections. We'll see how the wind blows. We hope it won't build too much differences so the GC can be close. One who empties his tank today can pay the price for it tomorrow in the steep sections of Los Machucos. These are...

13:35It is on!

Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) is the first rider to tackle stage 16 of La Vuelta 2017. Svein Tuft (Orica-Scott) follows at 13:35.

13:32Welcome

Welcome to the official live of stage 16 of La Vuelta 2017, an individual time-trial between Circuito de Navarra and Logroño (40.2km). Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) is set to be the first rider on the road, starting at 13:34, while Chris Froome (Team Sky) will go last, at 16:52.

169 riders have finished stage 15 on Sunday. Four of them have been announced as non starters for stage 16: BMC's Rohann Dennis (illness) and Kilian Frankiny (fractures on the neck of the femur) and AG2R-La...

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