Denifl wins at Vuelta, Gaviria best in Britain, Froome under pressure: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 7, 2017


In today’s Daily News Digest: Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks; Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain; Vos in leader’s jersey after Lotto Belgium Tour stage 1 victory; Froome puts brave face on time loss; Contador goes close to swansong stage win; Bookwalter forced out of Tour of Britain after riders hit parked car; Chloe Hosking to appeal Road Worlds non-selection: “This is bigger than my personal ego”; Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident; Video: Another don’t try this at home moment with Vittorio Brumotti; Video: Star Wars-inspired cycling jerseys released; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, stage 16

Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks

by VeloClub

Having taken Aqua Blue Sport’s first GC win this year in the Tour of Austria, Stefan Denifl delivered again on Wednesday’s 17th stage of the Vuelta a España, reaching the finish line first at the Alto de los Machucos. The victory was a massive one for the team, which became the first Irish squad to ride a Grand Tour two and a half weeks ago and now has landed a Vuelta stage win in its first season of racing.

“I had super legs today,” the Austrian said. “I waited all La Vuelta for that day. I paced myself until today and I went all in. It’s just amazing for the team, for Aqua Blue. It’s our first Grand Tour and we win a stage… I’m over the moon! You always have to believe you’ll win. The climb was perfect for me. There were bits of flat to recover. Now I’ve won a stage at La Vuelta… It’s amazing. It’s the best day of my cycling life.”

Denifl was involved in the day’s breakaway of six and started the climb with a buffer over the GC favourites. Alberto Contador rediscovered past form to drop his main rivals, including race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). The Trek-Segafredo rider chased Denifl all the way to the line but ran out of time, finishing 28 seconds back.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who had been with Contador initially, finished a further 36 seconds back in third. He led in a chase group containing Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Rafal Majka) Bora-Hansgrohe).

Froome trailed in 14th, one minute and 46 seconds behind Denifl. His advantage over Nibali is down to one minute 16 seconds, with Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) remaining third but closing slightly to two minutes 13 seconds. Despite his time gain, Contador stays fifth.

Stage 17: Villadiego > Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image is from stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana and is by the Cor Vos agency.