Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 12 – Marczynski doubles up, Contador attacks, Froome crashes twice


Lotto Soudal’s Tomasz Marczynski is on fire. The Polish debutant jumped away from his remaining breakaway companions on the final climb, and soloed in to add stage 12 to the stage 6 victory he claimed last week. Has anyone checked the profile for stage 18? Tomasz is on a ‘six’ roll! Behind him, what looked odds on to be a comfortable day for the GC riders as the break played for the win, suddenly lit up as Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) – who else?-  also attacked on the final climb. Sky looked like they had things under control until Chris Froome crashed twice on the descent causing him to lose contact with the GC favourites who couldn’t quite decide if they should wait or chase a rampant Contador. At the end of the day Froome lost time on a hat-full of rivals. He holds onto his red Jersey but his advantage over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) dips below a minute. Contador claws back 42secs and now lies one minute off the podium.
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Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 11 – Oh Superman …

It was a tough stage in the Vuelta 2017, not least because the riders spent most of it in a cold, windy downpour. While Romain Bardet, who had been allowed to go in the day’s break, tried valiantly to stay away (with Darwin Atapuma for company), Bahrain-Merida had another plans for their man, Vincenzo Nibali. But with GC riders all over the mountain, it was Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez who took advantage of a weak moment on the final climb and rode to a fabulous stage win. Chris Froome gained buckets of time on his rivals and the GC was well and truly shaken.
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Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 10 – Trentin doubles up while Roche goes stealth

It was one of the fastest stages so far in the Vuelta 2017 and, other than an escapee’s win and a stealth move from a GC contender, pretty uneventful. Matteo Trentin kept the Quick-Step winning streak going by taking his second stage of this Vuelta from the break and taking back the points jersey from Chris Froome. For all the twisting and turning on the technical descent, the GC didn’t change – well, not in positions, but one rider made up a whole hatful of seconds …
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