Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I wanted to avoid time splits
Sep 02 2017 12:09 am CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I wanted to avoid time splits
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I wanted to avoid time splits
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Chris Froome survived another day in the Red Jersey, finishing the 13th stage of the Vuelta a España near the front of the pack to secure his leading position for another day.

The Team Sky leader finished in seventh place, right behind Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali, but insisted that he was not trying to sprint against the Italian.

"No, not at all," he said. "I was just trying to avoid any time splits, but I was more excited to see where (Gianni) Moscon was in the finish. He did such a good job looking after me in the final and I just said to him in the last kilometre 'go, go, go, try to get the stage'. I think if he wasn't doing so much work for me he would have had an even better chance to win the stage.

"In the last kilometre I saw how fresh and strong he looked, and I was in a safe position so I didn't need his help any more. So, I just told him to go for it. I think his time will come for sure, he is young, this is his first Grand Tour and already riding the way he is it is extremely impressive."

Froome crashed in the previous stage but seemed mostly fine on Friday. "I think so. It hasn't affected me too badly. Sure it is painful, but the race goes on."

The rider stayed focused throughout the final of the stage and made sure to position himself near the front of the race in order to avoid trouble.

"At the end of the stage I was pretty sure there would be some time splits and that was the main reason for me to stay upfront.

"I have the weekend in mind and it was an easier day for the team today. We didn't have to pull all the stage with Quick-Step, Lotto and Cannondale wanting to sprint, so it was a good day for us."



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