Tuesday September 5th, 2017

Stage 16Circuito de Navarra / Logroño

Start 13h32 (Local time)

Froome dominates the time-trial

Stage summary05.09.2017Stage 16- Circuito de Navarra / Logroño

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 him, Chris Froome (Team Sky) is about to spend his 15th as the GC leader of La Vuelta. He emulates Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Pedro Delgado.

With five non-starters, 164 riders tackled the only individual time-trial of La Vuelta 2017, from Circuito de Navarra to Logroño. Among the first riders on the course, Daniel Oss (BMC) set the first reference that would hold for some time: 48'49”. Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) was faster than him after 27.9km but the Frenchman came short by 1 second on the finish line.

German talent Lennard Kämna (Sunweb) eventually claimed the fastest time in 48'30”. But Swedish National time-trial champion Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) did even better with 48'04”. He was the first rider to cover the course at an average speed higher than 50km/h.

Ludvigsson's reference was only bettered by the top GC contenders. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was faster with 47'59”. The Spanish triple winner of La Vuelta, riding his last time-trial as a professional rider, eventually lost the stage. But his performance allows him to climb four ladders on GC, while Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) faded with a time of 51'01”.

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) was the fastest at the first intermediate point and provisionally set the best time on the finish line but he eventually saw Chris Froome (Team Sky) outperform him. The British rider claimed the victory with a time of 47'00”, 29” faster than Kelderman and 57” ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), his two main challengers on GC. They have five days of racing to overthrow Froome, beginning with the dreaded climb up Los Machucos on Wednesday.

  • 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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