The reign of Colombian Esteban Chaves and ORICA-GreenEDGE in red has come to an end on stage nine of the Vuelta a Espana today.
Chaves fought bravely on the category one finale as he was repeatedly attacked, but lost touch in the final 700m.
The 25-year-old still sits third overall, 59seconds behind today’s stage winner and new race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha) sits in second place, just two-seconds ahead of Chaves.
“I’m really tired and obviously disappointed,” Chaves said. “I lose the wheel with 700m to the finish and Tom Dumoulin was really really strong.”
|1||Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin||4:09:55|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:02|
|3||Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA) - Team Katusha||0:00:05|
|4||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:16|
|5||Rafal Majka (POL) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:00:18|
|6||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:00:20|
|7||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:20|
|8||Nicolas Roche (IRL) - Team Sky||0:00:31|
|9||Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:33|
|10||Louis Meintjes (RSA) - MTN - Qhubeka||0:00:34|
|15||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:59|
|67||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:05|
|76||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:05|
|91||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:10:10|
|121||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:15:08|
|142||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:55|
|156||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:22|
|164||Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|
|180||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:21:23|