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Vuelta 2017: Froome Wins Stage 16

Chris Froome won Stage 16 of the Vuelta and extended his lead over Nibali, Zakarin and the rest of his GC rivals as the race entered it’s final week.

Froome finished 57″ ahead of Nibali and 30″ ahead of Wilco Kelderman, who moves up to 3rd in the GC.

The second time trial of the Vuelta was one that favoured the time trial specialists and would have been a bookmark in the GC. Chris Froome was touted as being one of the favourites of the GC to make some significant gains on his rivals, especially ones that aren’t time trialists by nature like Esteban Chaves and Miguel Lopez. The course was gently undulating with a slight climb in the middle followed by a lot of slight downhill sections – nothing to interested the climbers but at 40km long, not enough to entice the sprinters into contention either.

Vuelta 2017: Stage 16 Profile

Daniel Oss was the first rider to set a decent benchmark time, completing the course in 48’49” but this was soon overturned by Team Sunweb’s Lennard Kamna who, despite being behind Oss at both the intermediate time checks, managed to finish 19″ ahead of Oss with a time of 48’30”.

Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) smashed Kamna’s time by 23″, finishing with a time of 48’07” and collapsing in a heap on the floor after the effort. The quality of Ludvigsson’s time was enhanced when Bob Jungels (QuickStep), one of the favourites for the stage, came in with a time of 48’41” and was 34″ slower than the Swede, Jungels’ time onlu good enough for third place with the big GC names still to come.

Once the favourites did start – at 2 minute intervals – the pedigree of those with time trialling abilities was clear as Contador set the fastest time at the intermediate time point and Kelderman caught Chaves, ensuring that the Orica-Scott rider will lose more time to the Dutchman and could even drop out of the top 10 overall.

Contador’s finishing time was the first to be under 48′ but only by .008 of a second as he moved into the lead on the stage, but it looked like it wasn’t going to be enough to win the stage as Froome clocked the fastest time at the second intermediate sprint point at 27″ ahead of Contador.

Michael Woods and Fabio Aru both lost time to Contador along with Chaves and it looked like Contador would be climbing up the GC.

Kelderman’s time was enough to dislodge Contador as he set a scintillating time of 47’29”, gaining time on all of the GC riders who had already finished. Zakarin and Nibali both finished ahead of Contador but only by a couple of seconds meaning that the gains were relatively small until Froome finished with a time of 47′ exactly, taking the stage and a significant chunk of time from his rivals.

 

Vuelta a Espana 2017 Stage 16: Circuito de Navarra>Logrono 40.2km (ITT)

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr) 47’00”
2 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb – Ned) +30″
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +57″
4 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin – Rus) +59″
5 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo – Spa) +1’00”
6 Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ – Swe) +1’08”
7 Wout Poels (Team Sky – Ned) +1’12”
8 Lennard Kamna (Team Sunweb – Ger) +1’31”
9 Daniel Oss (BMC – Ita) +1’49”
10 Alexis Gougeard (AG2R – Fra) +1’50”

Vuelta a Espana 2017: General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr) 62:53:25″
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +1’58″
3 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb – Ned) +2’40″
4 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin – Rus) +3’07”
5 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo – Spa) +4’58”
6 Miguel Lopez (Astana – Col) +5’25”
7 Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita) +6’27″
8 Wout Poels (Team Sky – Ned) +6’33″
9 Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott – Col) +6’40″
10 Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac – Can) +7’06”
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