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by Shane Stokes
September 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks; Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain; Vos in leader’s jersey after Lotto Belgium Tour stage 1 victory; Froome puts brave face on time loss; Contador goes close to swansong stage win; Bookwalter forced out of Tour of Britain after riders hit parked car; Chloe Hosking to appeal Road Worlds non-selection: “This is bigger than my personal ego”; Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident; Video: Another don’t try this at home moment with Vittorio Brumotti; Video: Star Wars-inspired cycling jerseys released; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, stage 16
Displaying his best form thus far in the race, Alberto Contador dropped the other general classification riders and went close to a stage victory on Wednesday’s stage of the Vuelta a España. The Spaniard made his move six kilometres from the top of the final climb of the Alto de los Machucos, initially going after Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), but then jettisoning the Colombian.
He did his utmost to close the gap to Denifl but ran out of time, finishing 28 seconds back. “It’s been a good stage. We had to go hard on the pedals and the legs responded well,” he said, showing he had recovered from Tuesday’s time trial. “I knew I had to follow Miguel Angel Lopez. I accelerated to get back to him, I felt good behind him and when I saw him suffer in a steep section, I had no doubts.
“It’s a pity not to take the victory, furthermore when I think about the team and the supporters, but we have three hard days ahead and we’ll see what we can do.”
Contador is riding the final race of his career and wants to go out in style. He knows that a stage win or a podium finish would achieve that, and will keep trying for one of the other.
“I feel better with the weather conditions in the North. To be one minute and half from the podium, it’s not much and [yet] it’s still a lot. From what I see we’re much closer now, but it’s still complicated. Everything can happen every day. In this edition of La Vuelta we have to give it all every day. Today, it took everything: head, heart and legs.”