Sunday August 27th, 2017

Stage 9Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernández / Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell

Start 13h26 (Local time)

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Stage summary27.08.2017

Froome asserts his domination

Already leader of La Vuelta 2017, Chris Froome (Team Sky) made the most of stage 9's steep finish to claim the victory at La Cumbre del Sol. The British winner of the Tour de France won ahead of Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), who now trails by 36” on GC, and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac). This is Froome's fourth stage victory at La Vuelta. The day also saw Kris Boeckmans come back to La Vuelta two years after his terrible accident. And Adam Hansen met with Bernardo Ruiz, winner of La...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “I was riding with too big a gear when Froome attacked and it was really hard to make the jump. He was very strong. There are good days and bad days and maybe the legs came a little bit short to fight for the victory. But I think we're not in too bad a situation. The pace was really fast in the climb. It was also a windy day. Cannondale controlled and we knew that we'd try to win the stage for myself but I couldn't. Froome is a rider who likes to open...

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Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), 5th overall: “Today was ok. I'm happy to make it to the rest day. Hopefully I can recover from these aches I'm having from my crash (on stage 6). I feel like I'm not moving as well as I was before but I'm still doing ok so hopefully it just keeps going better. Next week we're gonna see longer climbs, less explosive. Hopefully that suits more my style and we can hopefully distance people and if I'm feeling really good move off the front.”

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Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), best young rider: “It was super steep. It's hard for everyone. It's been a tough week with the hard pace, the steep climbs, the heat, the wind… I'm happy to arrive at the rest day. We have our best climber (Esteban Chaves) in a good place on GC. I think for the team it's a better option to ride for him. There still are a lot of stages to come. We'll try something. But all good so far.”

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), stage winner and overall leader: “Today was incredible. The way it panned out, the way my teammate rode in the final kilometres to set it up… It's just fantastic. It's such a good feeling to get to the end of this first block with the red jersey and a decent gap on the rest of the GC riders. (Finishing 2nd at La Cumbre del Sol in 2015) was still on my mind this morning. We watched the scenes from two years ago over and over in the bus this morning just to really...

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