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Marczynski, Van Vleuten win, Froome crashes, bus destroyed: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 1, 2017

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Froome crashes twice on stage 12, loses time

by Shane Stokes

Chris Froome lost time to his main rivals on what should have been a straightforward 12th stage of the Vuelta a España. The Team Sky rider fell during the final 15 kilometres and while he returned to the group, he decided to change his bike. His second fall came while chasing back on. Froome’s front wheel slid out on a right hand bend and he ended up on the ground.

“I’m dong fine, I’m just grateful it’s not more serious,” he said. “I lost my front wheel in the corner. It was really dry slippery corner and I just lost my front wheel a bit. I had two teammates, Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels with me – they were fantastic and they helped me all the way to the finish and helped me limited my losses. I think all in all I’m just grateful I’m not more seriously injured and just lost a bit of skln.”

The situation was complicated by Alberto Contador’s earlier attack, which ensured that the pace was already ramping up when Froome fell. Although the other GC favourites would have been entitled to ride to try to haul Contador back, those in that group never really knuckled down fully. Froome lost 42 seconds to Contador and 20 to the group in front.

“It’s never good to lose time, but it’s good that it’s 20 seconds and not one minute,” he said. “I think all in all I’m just grateful I’m not more seriously injured and just lost a bit of skln. We’ll have to see over the next few days [how things go], of course. Sleeping on grazes is never too much fun but I just have to make do now and I’m glad it’s not more serious.

“It could have been much worse, its never a situation you’d want to be in but things happen in bike racing.”

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