Stefan Denifl wins stage, Chris Froome suffers but keeps Red
Sep 06 2017 05:41 pm CET

Stefan Denifl wins stage, Chris Froome suffers but keeps Red
Stefan Denifl wins stage, Chris Froome suffers but keeps Red
Photo of Stefan Denifl © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Aqua Blue Sport's Stefan Denifl has won the 17th stage of the Vuelta a España. The Austrian was the strongest on the last climb of the day, crossing the finish line on his own.

The 17th stage of the Spanish Grand Tour was 180.5 kilometres long between Villadiego and Los Machucos. The route of the day featured one climb of the second category, one of the first and a final horse-category climb.

Before the 30th kilometre of racing, a breakaway of six men was formed. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott), Dani Moreno (Movistar) and Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport), got a lead of more than four minutes over the peloton.

During the climb to the Puerto de Alisas, Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) attacked from the pack and soon created a gap. The duo was then joined by David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors), Antonio Predrero (Movistar), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) and Pello Bilbao (Astana).

This group was caught a few kilometres later by a peloton pulled by Team Sky. Very soon after, Cort Nielsen dropped from the front and joined his teammate Jack Haig in a new attack from the pack.

The front group shattered on the last climb of the day and left Moreno alone in front. Behind them, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacked from the peloton and was followed by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

With five kilometres to go, Moreno was rejoined by Denifl and the Austrian soon went away on his own. Contador dropped Lopez meanwhile, and managed to create an even bigger gap with the favourites' group.

A gap occurred in the group of favourites as Chris Froome (Team Sky) and his teammates stayed behind while a group that included Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) went ahead and created a considerable advantage.

Denifl held on in the last kilometers and crossed the finish line on his own, with a 28-second advantage over Contador. Lopez, Nibali and Zakarin finished at 1'04". Kelderman lost some more seconds but remained on the podium with Zakarin still in fourth place.

Froome arrived to the finish at 1 minute and 46 seconds from Denifl and continues to lead the General Classification.




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