24-year-old Esteban Chaves has continued his general classification battle on stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana, finishing in 20th position on another tough mountain top finish.
On a day where pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana (MOV) withdrew after his second fall in as many days, Chaves moved up into 17th position overall.
The Colombian featured amongst the front group on the final climb until the major contenders started to exchange blows and the powerful attacks of the stage aspirants began with three kilometres to ride.
Sport director Neil Stephens said that the group had re-established after yesterday’s individual time trial and were positive in continuing their learning curve at this year’s Tour of Spain.
“We had a bit of a reflection day yesterday and the conclusions were pretty positive,” Stephens said.
|1||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||3:41:03|
|2||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:06|
|3||Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (SPA) - Team Katusha||ST|
|4||Alberto Contador Velasco (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|5||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||ST|
|6||Rigoberto Uran Uran (COL) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||0:00:13|
|7||Samuel Sanchez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:15|
|8||Daniel Martin (IRL) - Garmin Sharp||ST|
|9||Daniel Navarro Garcia (SPA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:00:16|
|10||Robert Gesink (NED) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:21|
|20||Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:11|
|83||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:10:19|
|122||Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:19|
|143||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:14:34|
|157||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:09|
|165||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:44|
|172||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:47|
|174||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:50|