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by Shane Stokes
August 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trentin takes his second victory of 2017 Vuelta on stage 10; Hometown hero Van Vleuten wins Boels Ladies Tour prologue; Roche gains time on GC rivals at La Vuelta; Unibet said to be company that walked away from Cannondale-Drapac sponsorship; Eight-year doping ban for Kayle LeoGrande after multiple positives; Chris Hoy apologises after likening Mamils to ‘overweight football fans’; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 10 Vuelta a España; Video: Martyn Irvine on how to come back from a crash; Video: Abrazos. A film about Colombian cycling; Video: Sam Miranda King Valley Tour of King Valley – Day two
He started the day third overall and ended it in the same position, but Nicolas Roche recouped solid time on his GC rivals in the Vuelta a España. He answered a solo move by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) on the descent off the final climb, getting up to the Italian and then pushing on alone.
He continued to gain time until the finish and crossed the line 29 seconds on the other overall contenders. “It was a good day. It wasn’t really planned to go on the decent,” he said. “When I saw Vincenzo opening a gap, I tried to get around the other GC riders and came back onto him. It took me quite a few kilometres. Then I thought, ‘let’s go, and see what happens.’
“I wanted to go as fast as possible, obviously. I saw there were a few gaps behind four or five of us. So initially when I accelerated I was just hoping that some of the riders behind were not going to come back and take advantage on the descent. But then I went a little bit crazier.”
Roche said that the move was completely improvised. Once he had a gap, he said he was fully committed. “I know I am not the worst descender in the peloton. I had a few scares in those hairpins, I locked up the back wheel trying to go on the inside of Froome on one of them and almost came down. It happened to me another few times on the descent. But it is part of the job. I am not a big fan of those descents to the finish, but it suited me today.”
The time gained moved him level on time with the second-placed rider, Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott). They are both 36 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky).