Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 19 – Thomas de Gendt with a breakaway win

This stage was always going to fizz with attackity excitement, and the man popping the Cava was none other than the rider with THE BEST nose for a breakaway Thomas de Gendt. The Belgian beast joined a star-studded break at the start, was alert to every move that went on a day full of climbs and descents, and finished it off with the sprint of his LIFE to complete his Grand Tour hat-trick. That makes four Vuelta victories to Lotto-Soudal. Behind, there was no change on GC, although the Sky train had to work hard to bring back yet another Alberto Contador attack!
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Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 3 – Nibali takes the stage, Froome takes the GC

Vincenzo Nibali was dropped on the climbs but he fought back on descent of the Comella to join the leaders. Then in true shark style he harried and stalked down BMC’s Nicolas Roche before storming across the line to take his second Grand Tour stage for Bahrain-Merida. David de la Cruz (Quick Step Floors) grabbed his chance and swept past Chris Froome (Sky) for second. Froome’s crafty attack for the intermediate sprint and bonifications for third place were enough to see him on the race lead podium at the end of the day.

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