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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
Finishing in the same group as Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) on stage 5 of the Vuelta, Esteban Chaves improved three places to third overall. The Il Lombardia champion was beaming after the finish and
“Today is a really, really hard stage but we are really happy,” he said. “We arrived in the top four for the GC guys on the first hard climb and this is a good signal for the future. I hate these climbs because you can’t take one pace. Yes, I am Colombian and sometimes I can be explosive but I prefer one pace. In climbs like this you rest and then boom, 20%, and rest again.”
The Orica-Scott rider had a difficult season due to injury but appears to be in top condition for the race. “La Vuelta a Espana has just started now,” he continued. “I’m happy with the team we have here. We work without words, we (are) just looking and we know what is the next step.”
Teammates Adam and Simon Yates finished 11 and 21 seconds back respectively and are eighth and ninth overall.