This guided tour takes place in the north of Spain amongst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe. Froome, meanwhile, marked Nibali almost the entire way up the climb before riding away from the Italian in the last 2km, eventually beating his rival by 34secs to extend his overall lead to 2min15sec ahead of today’s largely ceremonial stage. – Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) won Stage 15. Chris Froome (Team Sky) remains leader on G.C. The recommended route today passes over two delightful climbs – the Puerto de Somiedo and the Puerto de Ventana , but most of the day is downhill and so, although long, it is a relatively easy day in the saddle.
Barring disaster on the final stage into Madrid, Froome has achieved the rare feat of winning the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in the same season. “Job done!” he wrote on Twitter, having earlier tweeted that the race was “definitely” the hardest Grand Tour he had ever ridden. During the late 1950s came the first successes in the overall standings of Italian and French riders vuelta de espana. Before 1995, when organizers moved it from April to September, it was almost entirely a race for Spanish riders and teams to focus on.
An 800km transfer awaits the riders after this test, as they fly to the other side of the country to Logroño for a flat stage, then two minor summit finish stages (17 & 18) and one lumpy stage leading into the decisive Angliru finish. Belgium’s Thomas de Gendt won stage 19 in Gijon on Friday by reeling in Ivan Garcia Cortina of Spain. The Briton was in the lead since the third day of action, a mountain stage with finish in Andorra.
Later in the day, we’ll head off to Logroño, the region’s capital, where we will see the riders finish and possibly a new race leader who will take the red jersey into the final week. Aru had an impressive Tour de France, winning stage 5, and later spending a couple days in the yellow jersey, before eventually going on to finish fifth overall. – Saturday’s Vuelta a Espana Stage 20 departs Benidorm at 12:18pm CET (6:18am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish at Alto de Aitana.
They tweaked Froome’s training schedule for 2017 to have something left in the tank after the Tour for a shot at the Vuelta title. Battaglin left Madrid a champion on the afternoon 10 May 1981 and lined up in Trieste for a 6km time-trial just three days later. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) took his second stage win of the 2017 Vuelta a España as he escaped with José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) on a technical descent to the finish, before out-sprinting his Spanish rival to the line.