Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I'm grateful that I'm not injured
Aug 31 2017 06:32 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I'm grateful that I'm not injured
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I'm grateful that I'm not injured
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Chris Froome did not suffer any major consequences from his crash in the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España, losing only 20 seconds on most of his GC rivals.

The Team Sky leader first suffered a mechanical and crashed shortly after while trying to make his way back to the peloton. He was quickly joined by two teammates and together they managed to limit the damage.

"I'm okay," the rider reassured to Spanish broadcaster RTVE. "Of course, it is never nice to crash like that but I'm just grateful that I'm not injured and everything is good for tomorrow.

"It is never nice to lose time like that but I have a fantastic team around me and I had two teammates with me all the way until the end. The Vuelta is not over yet and there are a lot of big days ahead.

"This reminds us that the race is not over until we reach Madrid, and we will try to do our best until the end."

With little happening in the peloton until late in the stage, it seemed to be a calm day for those competing for the general classification.

"Yes, it did until Alberto Contador attacked on the final climb, and he did a good ride and gained some time today," Froome said.

Other riders in the group of favorites did try to take advantage of Froome's setback but the Briton himself wasn't particularly concerned about that.

"I was just focused on coming back to the group and as I said I was very lucky to have two teammates with me as well. Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels are fantastic teammates."




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