Monday August 21st, 2017

Stage 3Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella

Start 13h16 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 3 - La Vuelta 2017

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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) dominated the final stretch of stage 3 of La Vuelta 2017 while Chris Froome (Team Sky) displayed his strength and took the red jersey. The first mountainous challenges of this edition offered intense racing and turned the general classification upside down. Nibali was able to get back to Froome after a strong move from the British rider to claim his first stage victory at La Vuelta. But Froome is the new overall leader, a position he only occupied for one day...

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David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors): “It's a shame, being leader was the goal. I absolutely wanted to take the red jersey because we're headed to Catalunya tomorrow and it would have been amazing. I knew the terrain, but I couldn't do it. Yesterday, when I saw I'd lost a few seconds on the finish line, I knew it would affect the situation today. The important thing is that I gave it all. I've tried and Quick-Step has been great again. You can also look at things and say the worst place...

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Nicolas Roche (BMC) : “It was pretty tough, exactly like I expected. I know every time the race comes to Andorra there's no easy finish. Today was no different. But the race is usually made with the riders and the climbs could be as hard as they are, it's actually the racing that makes it tough. I think today the tempo in the last 50km was pretty high and there was a lot going on. The team did a very good job from the start. Coming in to the finish, we had a few seconds of delay over...

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Diego Rosa (Team Sky): “We already tried to make the race hard in the penultimate climb and we got rid of important riders like Alaphilippe. The main goal today was to get some gap on other general classification riders. We did it on Contador, we were already happy. To have the red jersey already is really nice. We'll try to defend it now.”

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Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale): “It was a good day. The legs were there, obviously, and I was able to be at the front in the final climb. I really wanted to win but I got surprised by those who jumped on us in descent. Still, it's not bad. We're very much involved for the general classification battle. I'm happy with today. I wasn't very well positioned so I had to make a huge effort to get back when the gaps opened, mostly because of Froome.”

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Tejay Van Garderen (BMC): “It seems like everyday is a one day race. The TTT is always nervous, crosswinds yesterday, and today was already high mountains. I think me and (Nicolas) Roche we've shown that we were ready for the GC fight although we still have a long three weeks to go. Today showed that we're going well as a team. It would have been nice to take the red jersey but I'm only two seconds back after a few tough stages and we've already gained some time on some other rivals. It's...

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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): “I didn't expect to win. Some riders went from far out. It was a hot day and only the third day of the race. Sky upped the tempo when I was a bit behind. Luckily I got back on. My only way to win the stage was to launch the sprint. It's hard to say that the favourites for La Vuelta are the nine riders in the front group. Froome is a great rider and always someone who is hard to beat. But I respect all the other GC contenders. We'll have a nice La...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader of La Vuelta 2017 after stage 3: "I didn't expect to get the red jersey so early in La Vuelta. It's a great surprise. I think it's the result of lot of a hard work today from my teammates as well. They did a fantastic job on the final climb, especially a guy like Gianni Moscon. It's his first Grand Tour and he was great today as were the rest of the guys. I've lost La Vuelta before by 13 seconds so I'm going to fight for every second. It's been a long...

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