Chris Froome wins time trial at Vuelta a España
Sep 05 2017 05:46 pm CET

Chris Froome wins time trial at Vuelta a España
Chris Froome wins time trial at Vuelta a España
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has won the individual time trial for the 16 stage of the Vuelta a España. The rider completed the circuit 28 seconds faster than runner-up Wilco Kelderman.

After the second rest day, it was the moment for the Individual Time Trial of the race. The riders went through a 40.2 kilometre route between the Navarra Circuit and Logroño.

One of the first contenders for the stage to get one of the best times and sit on the hot-seat was BMC's Daniel Oss. The Italian finished the circuit in 48 minutes and 49 seconds.

Minutes later, Sunweb's Lennard Kämna scored the best time by beating Oss by 27 seconds. The rider surprised himself with this time, but was soon replaced by the Swede Tobias Ludvigsson who finished the time trial in 48 minutes and 7 seconds.

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) rode an impressive time trial and finished the stage eight seconds faster than Ludvigsson. Behind them, Chris Froome (Team Sky) started the day at a lower pace, but in the second half of the circuit he started winning back seconds.

Meanwhile, Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman showed to be one of the strongest time trialists in the race, even overtaking Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) on the route. The Dutchman was 30 seconds faster than Contador and removed him from the hot-seat while waiting for the arrival of Froome.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) was 30 seconds slower than Kelderman, but just faster than Contador, moving the Spaniard to the third provisional spot in the stage. The next rider to arrive was Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) who was 28 seconds slower than the Dutchman and got the provisional second place.

The last to arrive was the race leader, who showed to be the strongest time trialist by crossing the finish line 28 seconds faster than Kelderman, consolidating his first spot in the General Classification.



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