Thursday September 7th, 2017

Stage 18Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana

Start 13h14 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage 18 of La Vuelta 2017 favoured the attackers and Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) made the most of it. The Belgian dominated his breakaway companions to claim his first professional victory at Santo Toribio de Liebana, at 31yo. He got rid of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the last climb to the finish, where Chris Froome (Team Sky) gained 21” on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). The British leader of La Vuelta was able to match the many attacks from his rivals, mostly from Alberto Contador...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “The legs were quite good. I didn't think about attacking but the truth is some other riders went on the move and I got excited. I went for Fabio (Aru) but when he kept going, I thought we were not going anaywhere just the two of us. What would be nice would be to win after a longe range attack, but we're not going to be too greedy. The things that are duo to come will come. In the end (Chris) Froome had good change of rhythm. On Saturday (the Angliru)...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “Today worked out perfectly in my favour. It was a really tough stage, a lot of GC guys tried to attack on the penultimate climb. Once we got to that final climb, the team did a really strong pace at the bottom and I think some guys paid for their efforts from yesterday and their attacks earlier on today. Fabio (Aru) is one of the GC guys but still over 5 minutes on the classification. For us, he's not really a big threat for the overall title so I...

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Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal), stage winner: “That's fantastic. It's the best place to win a race. This is already my eight year as a pro rider. I had to wait quite a long time to win a race. I came close a couple of times, I did my work for the team… but at this Vuelta I get the chance to put myself in a free role and do my own race. It was the third time I was in the breakaway, I felt better and better during the stage and I just went full gas on the last climb. On the second climb I...

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