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Froome’s Vuelta, Boom’s Britain, d’Hoore in Madrid: Your CT Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

September 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage; Sagan, Ulissi victorious at Canadian Grand Prix; Lars Boom wins the Tour of Britain; Jolien d’Hoore wins the Madrid Challenge; Lucy Kennedy wins the Tour de l’Ardeche; Swiss dominate XCO at Mountain Bike Worlds in Cairns; Cannondale-Drapac announces EF Education First as 2018 title sponsor; Michael Woods signs for another two years with Slipstream Sports; Former Olympic medallist Leontien van Moorsel accused of EPO use; Storybook ending – Contador goes out on top, wins final summit finish of his career; Neilson Powless signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; US men’s Road Worlds line-up announced; Bike thief foiled at Gold Coast cycling event; The best of the Vuelta.

Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage

by CyclingTips

Chris Froome (Sky) has become just the third rider in history to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in the same year, and the first to win both since the Vuelta became the season’s final Grand Tour in 1995.

Froome took the leader’s red jersey all the way back on stage 3 and never relinquished it from that point on. He went into the final weekend of the race with an advantage of 1:37 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and 2:17 over Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb). By the end of the final stage, Froome was more than two minutes clear and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) had replaced Kelderman on the podium.

The final GC challenge of the Vuelta came on stage 20’s summit finish to the brutally tough Alto de l’Angliru. Froome finished third on the stage, just behind teammate Wout Poels, while the stage was won in emphatic, storybook fashion by the retiring Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

On the final, processional stage into Madrid, Froome finished in the lead group to win the first Vuelta of his career. Matteo Trentin (QuickStep Floors) again showed he was easily the fastest sprinter at the Vuelta, winning his fourth stage of the race.

“I have to say that is probably the toughest Grand Tour I’ve ever ridden,” Froome said. “There was something different happening every day. I’ve had good days and then I’ve been lying on the ground, bleeding, thinking my race might be over. I think it probably is my greatest achievement, being the first person to win the Tour de France and then go on to win the Vuelta.”

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Chris Froome atop the final podium of the 2017 Vuelta a España.

  • Tim Ashton

    Feel sorry for Trentin. Froome comes 11th in final stage, gets 5 points towards green jersey, and wins the overall points classification by 2 points over Trentin. Would have thought red jersey was enough…

    • Hyun-ji Song

      At the end of the day, you have to earn the jerseys. If Trentin couldn’t get the points he needed to win the jersey, should he deserve that jersey?

      • Tim Ashton

        I understand that. But he won 4 stages, and lost out by only 2 points at the end of it to the guy who won the overall anyway and couldn’t care about the points jersey. I just said I felt sorry for him. Would be a bit hard to swallow after 3 weeks racing around Spain.

        • marc

          yeah I reckon it shows they haven’t got the points allocation right if the GC winner wins the points jersey as well?

      • Rob

        I have to agree with Tim. The race provided so few opportunities for the fast-men to accrue points for the green jersey. For Trentin to have come as close to claiming the title at all, and his 4 stages of course, shows that he was 1 of the form riders at the Vuelta and in any other Grand Tour would be rewarded with the green jersey. To just gift it to a rider who never targeted it and only views it as a secondary prize just kind of demeans the competition. I’ve lost a bit of respect for Froome putting in the effort today to deny Trentin, who did everything required of himself all race long.

      • Michele

        At the end of the day … if the top 5 in GC finishes in the top 6 of the Points Classification [Trentin being the exception], you can safely assume the Points Classification was heavily weighted towards those who main interest in the Vuelta was a high GC place overall.

        Did Trentin deserver to win the green jersey? Well obviously he didn’t.

        Yes, I know the Points Classification Sprinter’s Jersey, but it highlights just how wrong the Vuelta’s organisers got it.

        7 of the top 10 all riding with the ‘1’ on their dossard; and all 7 of them GC riders. I reckon you’ll find that 2 of the top-10 could’ve started the Vuelta with ambitions of winning the Points Jersey: Trentin and Rojas.

        The fact that the other 8 didn’t [with the exception of Froome who obviously did on the final day] means the classification is meaningless.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91186959dc4815d43510db1bd4075b6b657def1d0c41a59f29842cce2edb5a18.png

    • It looks like Froome wanted to compete for it – he went for the intermediate sprint, didn’t he?

      Getting three jerseys in a grand tour is itself quite something. Not quite Merckx 1969 TdF, but can be mentioned in the same sentence.

      • Andy Logan

        Yeah he got edged out in the intermediate sprint, so he was going for it.

        Froome is merciless competitor on the bike, so I am not surprised at all.

    • Well, Sky already gifted the Angliru stage to Contador so they obviously ran out of favours to give.

  • jules

    ah, what the hell, congrats Bertie!

  • marc

    Sort of cycling related news: Cameron Wurf wins Ironman Wales!

  • Cameron Harris

    Good news for Team Argyle.

    EFEFDpbC.

    Eff-Eff-d’Pebkac?

    It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

    • DaveRides

      Powered by Cannondale = implications of mechanical doping? That part won’t’ be in the official team name as the UCI only allows up to two sponsors in the official team name.

      I think most TV commentators outside the USA will just call the team “Education First” except during exceptionally boring flat stages where it could be a useful way to fill in the time between the thrice-hourly scheduled mentions of Adam Hansen’s consecutive grand tours. Bad luck to Drapac and Cannondale if that’s the way it goes.

  • DaveRides

    The men’s XCO race looks like it was an absolute cracker, great to see Schurter get another title but even greater that he had to fight hard for it.

    • Simone Giuliani

      It was a great one to watch, and that Cairns course always throws up some exciting action throughout the field with those hair raising rocky downhill sections like the Croc Slide and Jacobs Ladder

  • Berne Shaw

    Why we mistake the drama of pure climbers vs all rounder athletes as boring when it is all about the facts. Froome is not boring by choice but by physiology, and by the efforts of race organizers to favor pure climbers as that is what their countries have.

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Do not be so romantic to overlook facts. Pure climbers weight less than 140 lbs sometimes 130 or less. Contador weighed less than 135 lbs for most of his career. Chris Froome is extremely thin yet weighs at best 151 often cited as 157.

    The modern tours of the last 7 years have ALL sought to deny him or any none central european racer who is not a pure climber they win by decreasing TT and increasing mountain top finishes.

    Contador was also a decent TT guy for a pure climber. Yet he HAD to win by breakaways on climbs or he would not win. As a pure climber he requires massively less energy to climb to recover and to get away on climbs.

    Froome is not boring by delight it is by virtue of his physique and weight. He is the superior athlete VO2 max, recovery and strength. His ability to climb and recover put him in the league of the greatest cyclists of all time. Lemond had mutant genes as well for example.

    It the tour had all rounder composition as it did for the entire past he would win dramatically.

    Contador was a super racer but don’t make it a romantic thing. It is all physiology and anatomy.

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