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Lopez best at Vuelta, Wild at Boels Ladies’ Tour, Cannondale gets cash pledge: your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 31, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España; Wild sprints to stage 2 win in Boels Ladies Tour; Chaves and Roche suffer on stage 11; Cannondale-Drapac team launches crowdfunding campaign, Fairly Group will contribute up to $2 million; BMC Racing Team extends contracts of Caruso, Drucker, Rosskopf and Ventoso; Cofidis signs Jesús and José Herrada; Thomas, Kwiatkowski and Viviani amongst Team Sky squad for Tour of Britain; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España; Video: Esteban Chaves post-race interview, Stage 11 Vuelta a España

Lopez wins stage 11 of the Vuelta a España

by Shane Stokes

Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez proved best at the end of stage 11 of the Vuelta a España on Wednesday, powering clear close to the top of the final climb of Calar Alto. He reached the line 14 seconds clear of race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky), who pipped former Vuelta winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) for the next time bonus.

The other GC contenders all lost time: Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen (both BMC Racing Team), third, fourth and fifth overall at the start of the stage, all suffered. Chaves finished only 17th, conceding two minutes and five to Lopez, while Van Garderen and Roche were three minutes 26 and four minutes 17 back respectively. They dropped to third, 11th and 12th overall as a result.

Lopez was delighted at the finish after landing what was his first Grand Tour stage win. “It was a very hard stage. We spend more energy with the rain,” he said. “I’m very happy because the team has been working very well since the beginning of La Vuelta. Our teammates had to work a lot for Fabio (Aru) and I. It’s been impressive and in the end we found the good legs.”

Vincenzo Nibali was one of the most impressive riders, going clear prior to Lopez’ attack. He advanced from fourth to second overall, while Kelderman went from 11th to fifth. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) both lost time when things broke apart in strong sidewinds near the top of the climb, rolling in 31 seconds behind Lopez. However they still advanced to sixth and ninth in the overall standings.

Earlier, lashing rain helped 14 riders to move clear, from which a smaller group later pushed ahead. Tour de France podium finisher Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) was there, while Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) bridged across. However they couldn’t fend off those behind, who would slug it out for the honours.

Stage 11: Lorca > Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto - Stage Result

Wednesday 30th August 2017

1. co
LóPEZ Miguel Ángel
Astana Pro Team
05:05:09
2. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
0:14
3. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
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