Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I was a bit worried half-way through
Sep 06 2017 12:19 am CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I was a bit worried half-way through
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I was a bit worried half-way through
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Team Sky leader Chris Froome was delighted with his time trial victory on the 16th day of racing at the Vuelta a España.

The Briton extended his overall lead and goes into the last phase of the Spanish grand tour with an advantage of close to two minutes over his nearest rival. After a calmer start, he left the best for last.

"I was just riding at the speed that I felt best and I wasn't really getting that many time checks from the car, so I really didn't know where I was," the rider said. "I presumed that probably it wasn't good news if I wasn't getting the time checks, so I was a bit worried half-way through.

"Only coming into the last part, at 6 or 7 kilometres to go, I found out that I was on track to fight for the stage. It was a big relief and I'm super happy to be in this position."

This is Froome's second stage win at this Vuelta a España after having climbed to victory on the Cumbre del Sol on day nine.

"It is amazing, it is an amazing feeling. To extend my lead and to be in this position at four days of big racing. But I will take it one day at a time, but for today I want to say a massive 'thank you' to the support team at Team Sky. I think it is a huge part of being able to do what I'm able to do."

Froome is currently almost two minutes ahead of second-placed Vincenzo Nibali of Bahrain-Merida. "It is a great position to be now, it is a good buffer, but of course the race isn't over, so I kind of have to keep fighting and get one day closer to Madrid.

"Tomorrow is going to be brutal, absolutely brutal. Los Machucos from what I can see is a wall and it will be a big GC battle for sure."



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