Tough time trial for Chaves as Colombian drops to 9th overall

Tue 5 Sep 2017

Colombian Esteban Chaves has finished in 45th position in today’s stage 16 time trial, losing four minutes to winner and race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky).

The result sees the 27-year-old drop to ninth overall, six-minutes 40seconds off the red jersey and four-minutes off the podium.

Chaves and ORICA-SCOTT recognised the threat of the today’s stage with the 40km time trial the toughest challenge of this year’s Vuelta for the pint-sized Colombian.

“I was really hard, too much I think,” Chaves joked at the finish. “I knew from the beginning it was going to be a really hard day for me and it’s like this. I was prepared for that and it is what it is. Lucky for me, it is over now.”

“(Kelderman) caught me really fast, normally in the best part for me – the climbs, but I think he had one of the fastest times.

“Now we will see what happens in the stages to come.”

How it happened:

The final week of La Vuelta kicked off with a time trial and it gave some of the peloton a chance for a second consecutive ‘rest day’, with just the specialists and general classifications burning energy for a result.

Daniel Oss (BMC Racing) held onto the fastest time early before Lennard Kamna (Team Sunweb) and then Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) took the hot seat.

But it was the general classification contenders to end up fighting for the stage, with race leader Froome taking the victory by 29seconds ahead of Kelderman.

La Vuelta – Stage 16 Results:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 47:00
2. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +0:29
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) +0:57
45. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +4:01

La Vuelta – General Classification after stage 16: 

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 62:53:25
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) +1:58
3. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +2:40
9. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +6:40

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.