Colombian Esteban Chaves has held his own on the first of three consecutive mountain stages at the Vuelta a Espana this afternoon.
Today’s 14th stage was characterised by a brutal final climb with a peak gradient of 19.5% and after a gutsy team effort on yesterday’s stage, the goals for ORICA-0GreenEDGE today were modest.
“We really weren’t shooting for the stars today,” sport director Neil Stephens said.
“We were trying to get through with Esteban and also trying to give the other guys a reasonable recovery, as much as you can get in the mountains.
|1||Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) - Garmin Sharp||5:18:10|
|2||Oliver Zaugg (SWI) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:00:10|
|3||Imanol Erviti Ollo (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:30|
|4||Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS) - Team Katusha||0:00:39|
|5||Louis Meintjes (RSA) - MTN - Qhubeka||0:00:42|
|6||Bart De Clercq (BEL) - Lotto Belisol||0:00:52|
|7||Romain Sicard (FRA) - Team Europcar||0:01:44|
|8||David Arroyo Duran (SPA) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA||0:02:02|
|9||Carlos Verona Quintanilla (SPA) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||0:02:15|
|10||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:02:36|
|29||Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:27|
|85||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:14:26|
|125||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:22:51|
|132||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:23:29|
|139||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:23:33|
|155||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:24:04|
|167||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:24:56|