Stage 17: Calahorra to Burgos, 189km
This stage was as close as this Vuelta gets to a routine sprint stage, but first crosswinds and then a final kilometre attack caused splits which shuffled the GC and produced a surprise stage winner in Bauke Mollema as the sprinters were left grasping at thin air once again. Continue reading
Stage 17: Calahorra to Burgos, 189km, rolling
After the rest day, the end is in sight for all those left in this Vuelta. This stage is rolling, although the sprint teams (what’s left of them) could take control in the last third of the race on the downhill run to Burgos. Continue reading
Stage 17: Embrun to Chorges, 32km individual time trial
Under attack from the Spanish Armada and the weather, race leader Chris Froome didn’t flinch, he didn’t buckle, he rode a magnificent third split on his time trial steed to snatch victory away from Alberto Contador to record his third stage win and tighten his grip on the yellow jersey.