Saturday August 26th, 2017

Stage 8Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior

Start 12h34 (Local time)

Key moments

After spending most of the season on the sideline, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) bounced back with a prestigious stage victory on stage 8 of La Vuelta 2017. The French promise made the most of a demanding finish on the way to Xorret de Cati, dominating his breakaway companions Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) et Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) to claim his first Grand Tour victory and bring his team a third win already at La Vuelta 2017. Chris Froome (Team Sky) tightened his grip on the...

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Nicolas Roche (BMC), 3rd overall: “The pace in the climb was brutal. Orica accelerated from the bottom with the Yates and Alberto (Contador) went at it again. I took my own pace and then tried and follow the best. It was a really really tough climb so it was all about limiting the losses. Today I thought I'd be a little bit better. I suffered already a bit yesterday. I fought well. Tomorrow is another big day. I know that climb, I've done it a few times. Tejay (Van Garderen) is obviously...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “It's good to show again that what happened in Andorra was a bad day. I'm in a good condition. Today I might not have been as agile as I'd like to, but I've been a bit more cautious. I'va enjoyed the support of the rider from Cannondale (Michael Woods). I knew Froome would change the pace. There was a moment I'd rather sit to bridge the gap later. Today shows I'm in a good condition, obviously, but we're still to tackle long climbs. The time loss is a...

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Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), leader of the points classification: “To say that I expected Julian (Alaphilippe) to win would be a little bit too much but he was feeling good. The beginning of the race was super fast and just before the first climb he came to me to say he wanted to go in the break. We waited for a big group to go. And then I made a full sprint with him to bring him to the break. I'm really happy for him after all the problems he had this season. He can do almost...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I certainly didn't need to attack, being in red already, but I'm gonna take advantage of it when my legs are feeling good. The most important thing for me was to keep pushing, try to open up the gaps. We'll see where we're at after the first rest day. I keep saying it everyday but, really, a massive thank you to my teammates, in particular today to Ian Stannard, Christian Knees and David Lopez. They worked pretty much the whole stage again to...

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Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), winner of stage 8: “It's incredible. I didn't expect to win the stage today. For me, it's a little bit complicated. I wasn't feeling so good in the past two or three stages. But I think it was the same for everyone. The team has been doing great since the start of La Vuelta. We're always on the front. I was thinking tomorrow might be a good final for me but today a big group went away after 40km. Matteo Trentin helped me to get at the front. I'm...

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