Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: The legs are already very tired
Sep 07 2017 12:21 am CET

Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: The legs are already very tired
Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: The legs are already very tired
Photo of Miguel Angel Lopez © Mary Cárdenas /

Miguel Angel Lopez took third place in the 17th stage of the Vuelta a España, gaining time on some of his rivals but losing to Alberto Contador.

The Astana rider attacked together with Contador but was later dropped by the Spaniard and ended up finishing in a group with Vincenzo Nibali and Ilnur Zakarin. Chris Froome crossed the line 42 seconds later.

"The team has worked a lot to reduce the difference with the breakaway. But it was a difficult stage, suitable for the escape to take a lot of time and that is how it was. At the end we couldn't get much closer, and they started the climb with a lot of advantage.

"At the end we launched an attack and that is how it is. The legs are already very tired, you can tell. But we hope we can keep it going."

Lopez may be ahead of Fabio Aru in the overall classification, but he insists that the Italian is still the team's leader in this race.

"For the moment I'm ahead of Fabio but because of results and experience, he is the leader and I will wait for what is coming next year, maybe one day I will be the leader," he said.

The chance of Lopez finishing on the podium of the Spanish grand tour seems slimmer after this stage, as the opportunities to gain time on his direct rivals begin to fade. However, the South American doesn't consider the podium a main goal at this moment.

"I don't think too much about the podium, we will see how the race continues. For the moment this is my first Grand Tour, so I'm trying to enjoy it to the maximum. I'm getting a bit more experience little by little, I live day by day and I will have other chances."

Lopez described the Los Machucos climb as "really hard and very demanding".

"The road was also a bit wet and when I stood on the pedals the back wheel skidded a lot. It was very difficult, it felt very long but now we have another hard one coming up; the Angliru."




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