Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

Stage 5Benicàssim / Alcossebre

Start 13h17 (Local time)

Froome: “I learned a lot about my rivals”

interview23.08.2017Stage 5- Benicàssim / Alcossebre

Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader of La Vuelta 2017: “If I had known at the beginning of the stage that this would have been the situation at the finish, I definitely would have signed to agree for that. Looking at the time gaps now, the GC is definitely taking more shape and it was only a 3km climb. I think I can definitely be happy with that and with the job my teammates did to set that up. I'm really glad to have come through from the Tour and back in the shape I have here at La Vuelta. I learned a lot about my rivals. Esteban Chaves seems to be one of the strongest climbers. Obviously Alberto Contador did a good ride today. Tejay Van Garderen is still in the mix. Nicolas Roche is also up there so BMC have a couple options to play. I was surprised to see Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru lose a bit of time, and Romain Bardet. But it's a long race and I imagine it will be a different race once we get in the high mountains.”

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    Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) enjoyed the first summit finish of La Vuelta 2017 to win his first Grand Tour stage, on Wednesday at Alcossebre. The Kazakh rider attacked from the gun and dominated his breakaway companions for a brilliant solo win ahead of Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data). He succeeds to Alexandre Vinokourov, winner of three stages at La Vuelta in 2006. Among the GC contenders, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was the first at the summit, just ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky), who...

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