Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: It's good to bounce back again
Sep 07 2017 06:21 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: It's good to bounce back again
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: It's good to bounce back again
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Vuelta a España leader Chris Froome of Team Sky had every reason to be happy after stage 18, having gained some valuable seconds on his key rival Vincenzo Nibali.

Froome looked strong on the final climb, even setting the pace himself to drop most of his direct opponents for the general classification. Second-placed Nibali ended up losing 21 of the seconds he gained in the previous stage.

"Today worked perfectly in my favour," he said. "It was a really tough stage, a lot of GC guys tried to attack on the penultimate climb. So when we got to the last climb we set a really strong pace at the bottom and I think certainly some of the guys paid for the effort of yesterday and also paid for the attacks of earlier on the day."

Froome lost some seconds on Astana's Fabio Aru but doesn't consider the Italian an immediate threat to his overall lead.

"Fabio (Aru) is one of the GC guys, but he's still over five minutes on the general classification. So for us he was not a real threat for the overall title, so I think it was more of a fight for the top five."

Gaining time on Nibali after having lost seconds on Wednesday, gives Froome confidence ahead of the stages to come.

"That feels great, especially after the difficult day of yesterday. It's good to bounce back again and as I said yesterday, the morale is still good and the team is still strong and I'm looking forward to getting through these last couple days."


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