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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 Shane Stokes

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

Wednesday 6th September 2017

1. at
DENIFL Stefan
Aqua Blue Sport
04:48:52
2. es
CONTADOR Alberto
Trek - Segafredo
0:28
3. co
LóPEZ Miguel Ángel
Astana Pro Team
1:04

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

  • Andy B

    I’m praying for a landis esque last stage for contador

    • It’s not like he hasn’t done it before.

    • rocktheboat

      Contador wins the stage, Froome wins the Vuelta. Fabulous result. Btw I think you meant penultimate stage.

      • Andy B

        Great ride
        In my head I meant the last stage that matters

        • rocktheboat

          Indeed. Trentin may take a different view with an iconic stage plus jersey up for grabs. Apologies if it looked like I was having a dig, I wasn’t :)

  • I hope it never happens… but every time I see another Brumotti stunt I worry it will be the last one we see. #donttrythisathome – or anywhere!

    • jules

      I agree. I’ve been labelled a risk taker (by my mum), but I know about the law of averages. You can minimise your risk by only taking stupid risks a limited number of times.

      • ZigaK

        mum: You’re to skinny!

  • Ssanchez

    Great stuff Aqua Blue. Love seeing the small teams get up

  • pedr09

    That parked cars crash at ToB is inexcusable.

    • Bex

      ToB did get the disqualification of the two riders taking the footpath right though. just need the rest of the races to follow suit.

  • David

    It’s a hot summer evening in the north of Spain, a quiet village not too far from the busy port town of Santander, near enough to get there but far, far away from prying eyes. ‘Buenos Dias’ comes the greeting from the bartender as the door swings open and a patron sneaks in. A bald northerner nods his head in return, accompanied with a ‘Aye up, Manuel’. A moment of silence, a look of confusion on Manuel’s face: Then, ‘Que’?
    ‘Never mind all that lad, pass us phone’, as the hairless one recognizes the dangers of making such a call as this on his mobile. Manuel obliges, and the grim northern voice is reduced to almost a whisper as he speaks into the receiver……
    ‘That you Doc? Remember the Dauphine a few years back? Yes? Good, well we need to save this one too, bit of a problem today on a hill. Bring another package from the stock room, it has to be here by the morning, make your own way down here and keep your ‘ead down’.
    On the other end of the line the doc sighs, he knows he has no choice as he’s already in it up to his neck. He is, however, marginally concerned of the marginal risk he has to take for a, what was it they called it in the team? Some kind of gain or something……..

    • rocktheboat

      You had half an hour to spare and came up with this drivel? It’s not even funny. Legend in your own cul de sac.

      • David

        Well, some might recognize my comment for its wryness. Your pseudonym, is it apt?

    • Neuron1

      Love the wry comment, but Dave, there is no need for the skullduggery. All one needs do is have a convenient “asthma” attack requiring a TUE for some glucocorticoids. No need to prove anything, just get a doctors note that says you’re sick. And since it’s asthma, may need some N Acetyl cysteine too. That should get the engine humming again, get the old sodium/potassium pumps primed, increase the feeling of well being and open up the psuedo constricted lungs. Eight to 16 mg of dexamethasone by mouth for the next three days would be adequate. An oral dose of NAC will increase the nitric oxide cycling to improve the distal musculature blood flow, particularly the Type 2 fibers necessary for the high cadence attack. As Sir Elton John once sang:
      “I can see by your eyes you must be lying
      When you think I don’t have a clue
      Baby you’re crazy
      If you think that you can fool me
      Because I’ve seen that movie too”

  • Bex

    What happened to Caleb in the sprint there, he was 2nd wheel at about 500m then it all seemed to stop for him. dangerous sprints, dropped chain or something? looks like he just sat up

    • Andy B

      Looks cooked m8

  • “As long as I breathe, I attack!” Vamos, Alberto!

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