Vuelta stage 9, Plouay, Tour de l’Avenir: Your CT Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 28, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead with stage 9 victory; Lizzie Deignan victorious in GP de Plouay; Egan Bernal takes comfortable victory at the Tour de l’Avenir; Elia Viviani sprints to Bretagne Classic victory; Joe Cooper and Macey Stewart win the Tour of the King Valley; An international battle at the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross; Cannondale-Drapac turns to crowdfunding after sponsor troubles; Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal signs with Team Sky; Warren Barguil sent home from the Vuelta; Five Brisbane cyclists injured after being struck by a car; Party tricks at the Vuelta; 1,000 rockets attached to a bike.

Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead with stage 9 victory

by CyclingTips

Chris Froome (Sky) has extended his overall lead at the Vuelta a España after riding away from his rivals on the uphill finish to Cumbre del Sol and taking his first stage victory of the season.

Froome was in an elite lead group on the 4.1km stage-ending climb when he made his move with roughly 500m to go. Only Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) were able to bridge across, but Froome had enough in the tank to pull away again.

“I put everything I had into that last couple of hundred metres,” Froome said. “I was determined that they weren’t going to catch me. I’m really, really happy to get the victory. The team did a brilliant job on that final climb and set such a good tempo.”

That result puts Froome 36 seconds clear of Chaves at the top of the GC with Nicholas Roche in third, at 1:05. Earlier in the weekend Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors) claimed stage 8 after getting clear with Jan Polanc (UAE-Team Emirates; second) and Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe; third) on a tough climb that peaked 3km before the line.

Stage 9: Orihuela > Cumbre del Sol - Stage Result

Sunday 27th August 2017

1. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
2. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
3. ca
WOODS Michael
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team