Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I am glad to be back in the shape I hoped to be
Aug 23 2017 06:37 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I am glad to be back in the shape I hoped to be
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I am glad to be back in the shape I hoped to be
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Chris Froome remains at the top of the overall standings after the fifth day of the Vuelta a España, after having gained seconds on some of his key rivals.

The Team Sky leader attacked from the front of the peloton on the closing climb and had only Esteban Chaves, Alberto Contador and Michael Woods in his wheel by the time he reached the finish.

"If you'd said at the beginning of the stage, this would be the situation at the finish, I would definitely sign to agree for that," he said. "Looking at the time gaps now, the GC is definitely taking more shape and if you think that it was a just three kilometre climb at the finish, I definitely can be happy with that and the job my teammates did to set that up.

"I'm really glad to have come through from the Tour and be back in the shape that I hoped to be in for the start of the Vuelta. I think I've learned a lot about my rivals, that certainly Esteban Chaves seems to be one of the strongest climbers in this year's Vuelta. Alberto Contador did a good ride today, Tejan Van Garderen is still in the mix, Nicolas Roche is still up there. So BMC has got a couple of options to play."

Froome didn't expect the differences to be this big after a relatively short climb, with some key riders failing to keep up when it mattered.

"I was surprised to see Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet lose a bit of time today. But it's a long race and as I said it was just a three kilometre climb, so I imagine it will be a different race once we get to the high mountains."



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