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 nice to loose time, but I still fell good. There's just three days left and I hope we can get the job done”
Froome: “There's just three days left and I hope we can get the job done”
interview06.09.2017Stage 17- Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega
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...
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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