Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I was very much in control with Wout Poels
Sep 02 2017 09:44 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I was very much in control with Wout Poels
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I was very much in control with Wout Poels
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished fourth on the first of two days of heavy climbing at the Vuelta a España. The rider remained on top of the General Classification.

The attacks of Froome's main rivals came during the last kilometres of the stage. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) all went ahead but were eventually caught by the Sky rider.

"When Alberto Contador, (Vincenzo) Nibali and (Esteban) Chaves kicked on there with 4-5km to go we knew it was a long way to go, with over 10 minutes still of climbing," said the rider.

"So I was very much in control with Wout (Poels), and also thinking a little bit about tomorrow as that's a massive day - a really really massive day. Even though it's shorter it's going to be explosive, and we're expecting fireworks again.

"That was a great day for us - a good one to tick off and to come out without having lost any major time. Four bonus seconds to Nibali, that's alright - I'll take that for today and safe my legs for tomorrow."

After being able to control the results on the 14th stage, Froome also wants to keep his position on Sunday. "I think we've managed today really well. The guys were able to save their legs today - we didn't have to do too much work as other teams came to ride - so we're very much in control and looking forward to one more hard day before the rest day.

"For us it's really just about maintaining the position we have. And if we see an opportunity then we'll go for it."




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