Steady stage 13 sees Chaves and Yates finish safely in the bunch at La Vuelta a EspanaFri 2 Sep 2016
Colombian Esteban Chaves and stage six winner Simon Yates crossed the line safely with the rest of the overall favourites on a relatively pedestrian stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana today, with the stage win coming from the breakaway.
Even without any climbs above third category stage 13 still managed to cover 3720 altitude metres over picturesque rolling roads.
A 12-man move went clear early on and gained over 20minutes on the field before Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida) took the stage victory from a winning solo attack with 15kilometres to go with the peloton arriving 34minutes later.
No change in the top ten of the general classification means Chaves and Yates remain in fourth and seventh place respectively going into tomorrow’s tough stage 14 in the Pyrenees.
ORICA-BikeExchange made another post stage trip to the podium to collect the award for the best team on yesterday’s stage 12 after a great win by Jens Keukeliere.
Sport director Neil Stephens was happy the team made it through today’s long stage with no issues ahead of two important days in the mountains.
“It was an easy day today,” said Stephens. “Not just for us, but for all of the teams. It was an ideal stage for those teams that haven’t got a win to send riders up the road and once the right break formed they accelerated and off they went.”
“With two very important stages coming up we probably weren’t the only ones thinking about tomorrow and today served as a nice transition stage in preparation for the Pyrenees.”
How it happened:
A breakaway of 12 riders formed within the first 30kilometres of racing on stage 13 and quickly began to develop a significant advantage.
After 80kilometres had been covered the 12 leaders had over 15minutes on the peloton with 130kilometres left to race.
Eighteen minutes separated the field over the top of the Alto Monte Igueldo with 100kilometres to go and three more categorised climbs to come.
Temperatures reached 35 degrees as the race made its way north through the Basque Country towards the Pyrenees with the 12 leaders now over 19minutes ahead going into the final 60kilometres.
Movistar led the Peloton, content to hold a steady tempo ahead of the tough mountains stages coming at the weekend and allowing the leaders to stretch the gap past 21minutes with 30kilomettres to go.
Ten kilometres later and the action began as the attacks within the breakaway started shake things on the approach to the finale.
Danilo Wyss (BMC) had a dig and was followed by four more riders including Conti and Yves Lampaert (Etixx-quickstep) as the group splintered on the narrow roads.
Conti pushed on over the short climbs and sharp descents gaining a 50second advantage over his former companions with ten kilometres to go and held on for the stage win.
Tomorrow’s stage 14 crosses over into the French Pyrenees and tackles a summit finish on the infamous Col d’Aubisque. Covering 191.6klilometres and three category one climbs before the hors category Aubisque.
Vuelta a Espana stage 13 results:
1. Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida) 05:29:04
2. Danilo Wyss (BMC) 00:00:55
3. Sergay Lagutin (Katusha) ST
38. Magnus Cort (ORICA-BikeExchange) 00:33:54
General classification after stage 13:
1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 52:56:29
2. Christopher Froome (Team-Sky) 00:0:54
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 00:01:05
4. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-BikeExchange) 00:02:34