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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
Showing his weakest day yet at the Vuelta a España, just one day after winning the stage 16 time trial, Chris Froome insisted on Wednesday evening that there was nothing to panic about. The Team Sky rider finished 14th on the stage, one minute 46 seconds behind the winner Stefan Denifl (AquaBlue Sport) and one minute 18 seconds behind Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo). He was 42 seconds adrift of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Rafal Majka) Bora-Hansgrohe).
“It’s never nice to lose time like that but at the same time I’m still really happy with the position that we’re in,” he said. “I think we always knew today was going to be a really tough final and it certainly was, especially with the weather conditions as well. With three days of racing to go the team is still in a great position. I’m feeling good and looking forward to the next few days.”
Speaking to the media, Froome seemed like he was trying to reassure himself and everyone else that things were under control. “This was a typical Vuelta summit finish. It’s the nature of the race and it’s the same for everyone of course,” he said. “I don’t think anyone really enjoys gradients over 25 percent but that’s just how it is. I still feel good and I’m confident with the guys around me that we can get the job done.
“I think I paid a little bit for yesterday’s effort but at the same time I’m pretty sure I’ll bounce back after today. I’m not really concerned (about the Angliru). Of course it’s a really tough stage, and probably the toughest climb of this year’s Vuelta. There’s still a big battle for the GC but we’ll take it one stage at a time.”