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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 (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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