Chaves maintains third overall after a dramatic finish to stage 13 at La Vuelta

Thu 31 Aug 2017

Colombian climber Esteban Chaves has maintained third overall, finishing with the main bunch of general classification contenders in a dramatic finish to stage 13 at La Vuelta today. 

As Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) won from the breakaway ahead, behind, Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) attacked the overall contenders group solo on the final climb. Adding to the drama, race leader Chris Froome then crashed twice and was forced to chase hard to hold onto the red jersey.

Across the line Contador, who was helped by a teammate who dropped back from the breakaway, finished with a 22second advantage over a group containing Chaves and second-placed Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), with Froome a further 20seconds adrift.

“Like the last few days we had guys trying to make the breakaway but it was another big effort before the group finally went away,” sport director David McPartland explained. “It settled down before Contador went on the final climb, and thankfully Esteban was on a good day and could stay with the main GC group.”

“We had hoped he would have had a couple of other riders with him, but the tempo was high and he was isolated a bit. He wasn’t the only one in the group in that situation and it didn’t disadvantage him at all. 

“In the end with all of the action in today’s final, we didn’t really gain anything but we also didn’t lose anything.”

How it happened:

After another battle, 14 riders established the day’s breakaway and it was quickly clear that the peloton was happy to leave them to contest for the stage win after the past two tough days. 

With 35km to go they had over eight minute’s advantage and one climb remaining.

Whilst Marczynski escaped from the break to claim a solo victory, the action got interesting behind.

Contador attacked, and temporarily took Nicholas Roche (BMC Racing) with him, and later Froome crashed twice to lose time. 

Chaves stayed in the main general classification bunch to maintain second overall, now two-minutes 13seconds down on the race lead.

La Vuelta – Stage 12 Results: 

1. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) 3:56:45
2. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) +0:52
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team) +0:52
18. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +7:47 

La Vuelta – General Classification after Stage 12:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 49:22:53
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +0:59
3. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +2:13

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.