Saturday September 9th, 2017

Stage 20Corvera de Asturias / Alto de l'Angliru

Start 14h19 (Local time)

Key moments

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) had one last shot and he used it on the Alto de l'Angliru, winning stage 20 of La Vuelta 2017 on the mythical climb where he secured his first overall win on the Spanish event, in 2008. The Spanish climber attacked ahead of the Angliru and held off a power duo from Team Sky, Wout Poels and Chris Froome, to bring his country a first stage victory in this 72nd edition. Froome all but secured the rest jersey on the eve of the final stage at Madrid. He is set to...

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), best young rider: “The truth is it was a difficult stage. Rain, cold, dangerous downhills… I lost a little bit my bike handle in the first downhill, La Cobertoria, and then I was quite scared. I didn't want to go down. I was a bit behind when we tackled the Cordal and it was impossible to get back to the group ahead. I went at my own pace and I had to do the whole descent from Cordal and the climb up the Angliru absolutely by myself.”

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “It's an absolutely amazing feeling. What a final! Angliru definitely doesn't disappoint. It's such a brutal climb. We did everything to catch (Alberto) Contador in the final but he was just too strong for us. It's an amazing way for him to finish his career with such a big victory like that, so congratulations to him. Obviously, also a massive thank you to my teammates for all the work they have done over the last few weeks. It's been an incredible...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), stage winner: “There couldn't be a better finale than this, winning in the Angliru to put an end to my career as a professional rider. This morning, I had it clear that it would be my day and that I had to say farewell in this fashion. I knew there was history in the downhill from Cordal with crashes in previous years. It was a hard day and in that moment we had to be careful with my teammate (Jarlinson) Pantano. I'm delighted with how things went.”

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Newsflashes (Local time)

18:02Froome secures the red jersey

General classification after stage 20:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky)

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), +2'15"

3. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), +2'51"

4. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), +3'11"

5. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), +3'15"

17:58Top 5

Results at Alto de l'Angliru:

1. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

2. Wouter Poels (Team Sky), +17"

3. Chris Froome (Team Sky), +17"

4. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), +35"

5. Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain-Merida), +51"

17:55Contador wins at the Angliru!

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) says farewell to professional cycling with a stage victory atop the Alto de l'Angliru!

17:52Last kilometre

Wout Poels and Chris Froome (Team Sky) are getting closer to Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

17:48Nibali in trouble

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) ups the tempo in the steepest slopes of the Alto de l'Angliru. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) can't keep up. Chris Froome (Team Sky) enjoys the opportunity to accelerate. He goes alone with his teammate Wout Poels.

17:423km to go for Contador

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) maintains a 50" gap wth Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and threatens Wilco Kelderman's (Team Sunwneb) 3rd place on the podium.

17:37Kruijswijk on the move

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) accelerates in the bunch with 4km to go. The gap with Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is up to 1'20".

17:32Contador goes alone

Marc Soler (Movistar) was the last one to stay with Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo). Franco Pellizotti sets the pace in the bunch for Vincenzo Nibali. The gap with 5km to go: 44".

17:29Contador ups the tempo

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) sets the pace at the front with 6km to go. Only Marc Soler (Movistar) follows him. The gap with Chris Froome: 40".

17:24Marczynski is caught

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), Marc Soler (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) are together with 7.5km to go.

17:20Contador gets closer to Marczynski

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Enric Mas and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) get back to Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) 24" behind Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal). Chris Froome (Team Sky) is 46" further behind.

17:12Marczynski and Contador get away before the Angliru

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) tackles the alto de l'Angliru slightly ahead of Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) his with his teammate Jarlinson Pantano and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) 40" ahead fo the Froome group.

17:07De La Cruz on the ground

David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) also crashed in the downhill. He seems to be in a lot of pain.

17:05Nibali went down

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) crashed in the downhill. He gets back with a teammate.

17:04Soler crashes

Marc Soler (Movistar) went down in the downhill! Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) is now leading the way.

17:0120km to go

The riders are in the downhill from the Cordal. Marc Soler (Movistar) is alone at the front. The Froome group summited with a delay of 48". Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) is 41" further behind.

16:56Zakarin and De La Cruz get back

Ilnur Zakarin and David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) make it back to the main bunch... and  De La Cruz immediately attacks, 1km away from the summit. The gap with the front of the race is down to 29".

16:51Zakarin and Lopez chasing

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) is chasing with David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) just behind the Froome group. Astana drive a second bunch at 40" with Miguel Angel Lopez and Fabio Aru.

16:47Soler accelerates, the bunch gets closer

Marc Soler (Movistar) attacks with 25km to go.

The peloton is only 1 minute behind, swallowing most of the riders in pursuit.

16:44Splits in the downhill

The peloton has split in many groups with Bahrain-Merida leading the way. There are about 20 riders in the first group.

The front riders are already at the bottom of the Alto del Cordal (5.7km, 8.6%).

16:36Marczynski summited La Cobertoria first

Results atop the alto de la Cobartoria:

1. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal)

2. Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

3. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

4. Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport)

5. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Last gap with the peloton: 1'20".

16:3111 riders at the front

Marc Soler (Movistar), Enric Mas (Quick Step), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport), Adam and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal), Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) summit La Cobertoria together.

16:24Regroupment at the front, Bahrain lead the peloton

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) have joined the front group. Bahrain-Merida now drive the peloton. The gap is up to 1'40". Bernardo Suaza (Manzana Postobon) and Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) are chasing with a delay of 58".

16:16Mas keeps going

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) sets a hard pace at the front. Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Marc Soler (Movistar), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)are with him. Others try to get back.

16:10Mas attacks, Polanc follows him

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Jan Polanc (Lotto Soudal) jump ahead of the break in the first slopes of the alto de la Cobertoria.

16:07The first climb

Julian Alaphilippe, Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), Nicolas Roche (BMC), Adam Yates, Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), Nelson Oliveira, Marc Soler (Movistar), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rui Costa, Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal), Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), Igor Anton (Dimension Data), Lluis Mas, Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) tackle the alto de la...

16:0050km to go

The gap slightly increases to 1'24". Bora-Hansgrohe also work at the front of the bunch.

15:53I'm motivated because these are my last km as a professional rider"

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) spoke about his ambitions ahead of his last mountain stage before retiring at the end of La Vuelta: “It's a very hard day but I'm happy. I can't ask for more: everywhere I go I feel the public's support. It's a day like this where everything can happen. I'd love to win, but many people are going after the victory and it's difficult, and it will also be a hard day for the GC fight. We'll see how it goes, I'm motivated because these are my last km as a...

15:44Heading to La Cobertoria

The riders are already facing the moderate slopes leading to the cat-1 alto de la Cobertoria (8.1km, 8.6%). The climb, with slopes up to 18%, officially begins 46km away from the finish. With 59km to go, the gap is still at 1'15".

15:37Anton: "I have all kind of memories on the Angliru"

Igor Anton (Dimension Data), who went on the move today, has had great days and hard ones on the way to the Angliru: “I have all kind of memories on the Angliru: good ones and bad ones. One year (2008), I crashed in the downhill from the alto del Cordal and I ended up in the hospital, but I can't say it's all bad because I also have a good memory from 2011, when I attacked when it started being really hard and I did a really good climb (6th at the summit). I'm looking forward to it,...

15:28Astana help Trek

Two riders from Astana come to the front of the peloton and help Alberto Contador's teammates setting the pace. The gap is still at 1' with 70km to go.

15:26A very fast first hour

The attackers covered 43.3km/h in the first hour of the stage. But their lead is maintained around 1'.

15:19The gap already stabilises

Trek-Segafredo maintain the gap around 1'10" with 77km to go.

15:15Bardet: "Every rider dreams about winning at the Angliru"

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) spoke with lavuelta.com before going on the move: “The Angliru, it's mythical. Every rider dreams about winning at the summit so it's true that it's a very important stage. It's one of the hardest climbs in Europe. It's a challenge for every rider to make it to the summit.”

15:08Alaphilippe, the Yates, Bardet, Costa...

Julian Alaphilippe, Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), Nicolas Roche (BMC), Adam Yates, Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), Nelson Oliveira, Marc Soler (Movistar), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rui Costa, Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal), Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), Igor Antón (Dimension Data), Lluis Mas, Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) have a 1' lead after...

14:59The peloton doesn't let go

The peloton is riding at a very hard pace 25km into the stage. The gap with a 18 man breakaway is minimal.

14:52100km to go, attackers get away

Enric Mas (Quick Step), Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal), Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) are at the front of the race with a few other riders.

14:38Attacks keep going

After 9km of hard battle, attacks keep flying and a big group is currently travelling just ahead of the bunch.

14:31First attacks

Marc Soler (Movistar), Igor Anton (Dimension) and Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) are among the first riders to try and get away. Everyone is still together after 5km.

14:25It s on!

The flag has been dropped, the battle on the way to the Angliru can begin!

14:12Guillen: "We're in the situation we were hoping for before the Angliru"

Javier Guillen, general director of La Vuelta: “We're happy with how La Vuelta has been going so far but it's not done yet. We still have a stage that will definitively be decisive with the final showdown on the Angliru. And above all we can say that we're in the situation we were hoping for, with an open GC. It's true that the leader is strong but we can't La Vuelta is decided. Chris Froome is a great rider. He's won four Tour de France and we want the winner to be among the top riders....

14:05The bunch is on the way

The riders are on their way to km 0. It's raining at the start and threatening clouds are also waiting for the riders on the Angliru.

13:58Welcome

Welcome to the official live of stage 20 of La Vuelta 2017. A 117.5km explosive stage will lead the riders atop the mighty Alto de l'Angliru, the most dreaded challenge of these three weeks.

The neutral start from Corvera de Asturias is set at 14:03, the proper start at 14:19.

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