Rafal Majka takes stage win, Chris Froome remains in Red
Sep 02 2017 05:54 pm CET

Rafal Majka takes stage win, Chris Froome remains in Red
Rafal Majka takes stage win, Chris Froome remains in Red
Photo of Rafal Majka by the A.S.O.

Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) has won the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España. The Pole attacked on the last climb and that was enough to give him his first stage win in the race.

The first of the two mountain stages of the weekend was 175 kilometres long between Ecija and the Sierra de La Pandera. The route featured one third category climb, one of the second category and a final hors-category climb.

The day started with an escape of nine riders including Rafal Majka and Patric Konrad of Bora-hansgrohe, Alexis Gougard of AG2R La Mondiale, Simon Clarke and Davide Villella of Cannondale Drapac, Rui Costa of UAE Team Emirates, Bart De Clercq of Lotto-Soudal, Luis Angel Mate of Cofidis, Stefan Denifl of Aqua Blue Sport and Manzana Postobón's Ricardo Vilela.

The escapees created a gap of more than five minutes with the peloton, but during the second climb of day the pace proved to be too hard for some. By the start of the last climb of the day, only Majka, Costa, De Clercq and Konrad remained at the head of the race.

The final Hors-Category climb then caused further trouble for some and soon Majka was alone in front. Astana set a high pace on the climb from the start, which quickly reduced the amount of riders in the favourites group dropping riders like Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott).

With 4 kilometres to go, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) attacked and was followed by Richard Carapaz (Movistar). Moments later, Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) made a jump towards the duo and was followed by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), behind them Froome and Sky kept their own pace.

At the 3 kilometre mark, Nibali attacked and only Contador could stay in his wheel, leaving the other two behind them. A kilometre later, the group of Froome, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Chaves caught Nibali and Contador, and were soon joined by Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin).

During the last kilometre, Lopez attacked and went away as nobody reacted, and Froome, Kelderman and Nibali rode together until the end, leaving Chaves behind.

Majka arrived to the finish line with an advantage of 27 seconds over Lopez. In the General Classification, Chaves lost 26 seconds to the Froome group, dropping to the fifth position of the standings.

Froome stays at the top of the overall standings and is followed by Nibali and Kelderman.




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