Wednesday September 6th, 2017

Stage 17Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega

Start 12h40 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 17 - La Vuelta 2017

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The brutal climb of Los Machucos offered the show everyone expected at the end of stage 17 of La Vuelta 2017: Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) soloed away to a brilliant victory while Chris Froome (Team Sky) was unable to follow his rivals on extremely steep slopes (up to 26%). Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was the strongest of the GC contenders to finish second on the day. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) finished fourth with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to gain 42” on Froome. The...

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Dani Moreno (Movistar): “I really liked this stage. We tried but there was someone stronger than me. I had legs until the finish but (Stefan Denifl) was the strongest. I went with my pace. I'm in a pretty good condition. I'm always at my best in the third week of La Vuelta, but in a climb like that, when someone goes… That's how it is in cycling, it works through your mind and you surrender. I think I still have a shot but they're quickly disappearing.”

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “It's been a good stage. We had to go hard on the pedals and the legs responded well. I knew I had to follow Miguel Angel Lopez. I accelerated to get back to him, I felt good behind him and when I saw him suffer in a steep section, I had no doubts. It's a pity not to take the victory, furthermore when I think about the team and the supporters, but we have three hard days ahead and we'll see what we can do. I feel better with the weather conditions in the...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “It's still a good position to be in. I think we always knew today was going to be a though final and it certainly was. Especially, the weather conditions. But the team is doing a great job, I am feeling good and we look forward to the next three days. It was a typical Vuelta summit finish, it's just the nature of the race. It's the same for everyone. I don't think anyone really enjoys gradients over 25%, but that's how it is. Of course it's never...

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Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport), stage winner: “I had super super legs today. I waited all La Vuelta for that day. I paced myself until today and I went all in. It's just amazing for the team, for Aqua Blue. It's our first Grand Tour and we win a stage… I'm over the Moon! You always have to believe you'll win. When I felt my legs, I was like ‘oh my goods, this is super good'. And I just kept on pushing. The climb was perfect for me. There were bits of flat to recover. Now I've won a...

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