Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I'm confident we can get the job done
Sep 06 2017 06:12 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I'm confident we can get the job done
Vuelta a España - Chris Froome: I'm confident we can get the job done
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Chris Froome experienced one of his most difficult days in the Vuelta a España, losing 42 seconds to his direct rivals on the final climb of the 17th stage.

The Team Sky leader couldn't keep up with the other GC favorites on the steep climb and ended up crossing the line at 42 seconds from second-placed Vincenzo Nibali, reducing the margin in the classification to 1'16".

"Still, a great position to be in," the Briton said. "I think we always knew today was going to be a really tough final. It certainly was, especially with the weather conditions as well. With three days of racing and the team is still in a good position, I'm feeling good and looking forward to the next few days."

The steep final climb did not particularly suit Froome but the rider realizes that it didn't actually suit his rivals either.

"This is a typical Vuelta summit finish. It's just the nature of the race. It is the same for everyone. I don't think anyone really enjoys gradients of over 25 percent and that's just how it is, it is the same for all of us.

"It's never nice to lose time but I still feel good. Three more days, I'm confident we can get the job done."




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