Froome wins at Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, D’hoore best in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 6, 2017

Froome wins Vuelta TT stage and extends general classification advantage; Ewan pips Boasson Hagen to win stage three of Tour of Britain; D’hoore Wins Lotto Belgium Tour Prologue; Loren Rowney joins Drops; Andrew Talansky announces retirement from pro cycling at age 28; Ag2r La Mondiale removes two riders from Vuelta after sticky bottle incident; Lappartient: UCI’s tablet detectors ‘simply aren’t enough’; Man charged over death of Chris Boardman’s mother; Contador on retirement: ‘I’ll gain weight, you’ll make jokes about it’; Stepping up: Three US teams aim for Pro Continental status in 2018; Video: Missing the Vuelta TT start time

Froome wins Vuelta TT stage and extends general classification advantage

by VeloClub

Chris Froome padded his overall lead in the Vuelta a España with a win against the clock on Tuesday’s 16th stage of the race. The Team Sky rider beat Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) by 29 seconds, while the rider in second overall, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) had a solid performance but still finished 57 seconds back.

Fellow GC riders Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) were 59 seconds and one minute 7 seconds in arrears. The time trial was the final one of Contador’s career and he tried to go out in style, setting the provisional best time. However the others were able to better his mark, with Froome raising the flowers at the end of the day.

“I was just riding at the speed that I thought best,” said Froome. “I wasn’t really getting that many time checks from the car so I didn’t really know where I was. I presumed it was probably not good news so I was a bit worried half-way through, but only coming in the last six to seven kilometres I found out I was on track to fight for the stage. It’s a big relief and obviously I’m super happy to be in this position.”

Froome now leads Nibali by one minute and 58 seconds, with Kelderman leapfrogging Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) and moving into third. He is two minutes 40 seconds back. Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) had a difficult day and placed 45th, four minutes and one second back. As a result he dropped from fifth to ninth overall.

“It’s an amazing feeling to extend my lead and to be in this position,” said Froome. “The race is not over. I’m going have to fight every day. Tomorrow is going to be brutal.”

Stage 16 (ITT): Circuito de Navarra > Logroño - Stage Result

Tuesday 5th September 2017

1. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
2. nl
Team Sunweb
3. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team