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by Shane Stokes
August 31, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España; Wild sprints to stage 2 win in Boels Ladies Tour; Chaves and Roche suffer on stage 11; Cannondale-Drapac team launches crowdfunding campaign, Fairly Group will contribute up to $2 million; BMC Racing Team extends contracts of Caruso, Drucker, Rosskopf and Ventoso; Cofidis signs Jesús and José Herrada; Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Viviani amongst Team Sky squad for Tour of Britain; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España; Video: Esteban Chaves post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España
Second and third overall before the start of stage 11, Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) both had a day to forget. Chaves finished only 17th, conceding two minutes and five seconds to stage winner Miguel Angel Lopez, while Roche was four minutes 17 back respectively.
“Sometimes when you have one plan, in the final it’s good or it’s bad but the important thing is that we tried,” said Chaves, looking for the positives. “At the bottom of this last climb Bahrain attacked, Nibali attacked and (Alberto) Contador attacked and I lost the wheel. Jack (Haig) was with me and we tried to take one pace and minimise the time lost.”
Roche said that the wet weather conditions worried him and that he didn’t feel great early on. “Even though I was riding on the front, I was already struggling on the first climb,” he said. “But I fought to stay as much as I could in the front part of the group. Once we hit the last climb and the pace went up, my legs were like two blocks of cement. I obviously had to limit my losses. Obviously it is quite disappointing, but that is bike racing.”
Chaves dropped to third overall and is now two minutes 33 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). Roche is now 12th, four minutes 45 seconds back, and appears to be out of the hunt for a final podium place.