Tomasz Marczynski repeats victory at Vuelta a España, Froome keeps Red despite crash
Aug 31 2017 05:43 pm CET

Tomasz Marczynski repeats victory at Vuelta a España, Froome keeps Red despite crash
Tomasz Marczynski repeats victory at Vuelta a España, Froome keeps Red despite crash
Photo of Tomasz Marczynski by Lotto Soudal

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal) has won the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España. The Polish rider was the strongest in the last kilometres and crossed the finish line on his own.

The twelfth stage of the Spanish Grand Tour was 160.1 kilometres long between Motril and los Dolmenes. The route included one first category climb and one of the second category, making it a good day for a breakaway to succeed.

The escape of the day was formed after around fifty kilometres of racing and had 14 riders. This group included riders like Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Diego Rosa (Team Sky), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac) and Michael Morkov (Katusha-Alpecin), and got an advantage of more than eight minutes over the peloton.

On the first descent, Morkov attacked and created a gap with the rest of the escapees. He was later joined by Aqua Blue Sport's Peter Koning. This escape only lasted a few kilometres and the duo was reeled back in by the rest of the breakaway.

During the last ascent of the day, Canty attacked and was followed by Fraile, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar). Soon after, Marczynski sped up the pace and went solo.

Behind them, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Roche (BMC) attacked from the bottom of the climb. Some kilometres later, Roche couldn't keep up with Contador's pace and was dropped.

On the top of the last climb, Theuns joined Contador to help him on the way to the finish line. Behind him, Chris Froome (Team Sky) had a series of bad moments that included a mechanical problem followed by a fall without any serious consequences, but with a substantial loss of time.

Back in the front, Marczynski crossed the finish line solo, getting his second stage in this Grand Tour. Fraile and Rojas completed the top three of the day.

Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve dropped to help Froome control the damage and at the end the four-times Tour de France champion only lost 42 seconds to Contador and 20 to the other favourites, keeping the Red Jersey for another day.




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