Colombian Esteban Chaves has put in an incredible time trial to maintain a top ten position on general classification, dropping just one position to seventh at the Vuelta a Espana.
The 38.7km race against the clock was identified as one of the biggest challenges in the two-time stage winner’s pursuit for a top overall result but the 25-year-old managed an impressive 20th on the stage.
The ride moved Chaves ahead of Mikel Nieve (Team Sky), whilst strong rides by Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar) saw them jump ahead of the ORICA-GreenEDGE rider. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the time trial to move back into the race lead.
“I am really happy,” Chaves said. “The most important thing for me is that I could do one big effort after two weeks of racing and this is one step up in my career and in the time trial for me also.”
|1||Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:46:01|
|2||Maciej Bodnar (POL) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:01:04|
|3||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:01:08|
|4||Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) - Team Sky||0:01:31|
|5||Jerome Coppel (FRA) - IAM Cycling||0:01:32|
|6||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:01:33|
|7||Romain Sicard (FRA) - Team Europcar||0:01:36|
|8||Nelson Oliveira (POR) - Lampre-Merida||0:01:38|
|9||Stephen Cummings (GBR) - MTN - Qhubeka||0:01:40|
|10||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:01:53|
|20||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:43|
|41||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:31|
|44||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:32|
|53||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:59|
|78||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:04|
|84||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:17|
|131||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:39|