Monday August 21st, 2017

Stage 3Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella

Start 13h16 (Local time)

Nibali and Froome assert their ambitions

Stage summary21.08.2017Stage 3- Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella

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 in 2011 on the Spanish race. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) dropped two minutes and a half.

194 riders tackled the first mountain stage of La Vuelta 2017, with Benjamin King (Dimension Data) withdrawing due to illness. Four of them attacked as soon as the flag was dropped: Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). They were joined by AG2R-La Mondiale's Axel Domont and Alexandre Geniez, as well as Fernando Orjuela (Manzana Postobon) ahead of the first climb of the day, the Col de la Perche, where Przemyslaw Nimiec (UAE Team Emirates) also got back to the front of the race to build the 8-man break that would lead the way for most of the stage.

De Gendt enjoyed the first cat-1 summit of La Vuelta 2017 to assert his ambitions in the KOM classification. In the peloton, Yves Lampaert's (Quick-Step Floors) teammates set the pace to defend the red jersey. The gap barely got over 5 minutes with 80km to go. The riders had then left french roads behind them and were racing in Spain, heading to Andorra for the key challenges of the day.

In the final 50km, the Col de la Rabassa offered the perfect ground for new moves. After a brief attack from Domont, Geniez set a hard pace only Villella could match. Team Sky took the lead of the peloton and set a pace too hard for Lampaert to keep up. Chris Froome's teammates also covered a move from Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and eventually reeled in the early attackers 27km from the finish.

A new push from Team Sky dropped Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) in the first slopes of the alto de la Comella. Froome then took things into his own hands with a strong attack 1km away from the summit. Only Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) was able to follow him. After a fast descent, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) only got back in the final km to take the stage victory ahead of David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) and Froome.

  • Nibali and Froome assert their ambitions

    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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