Vuelta a España
Stage 15: Sabiñánigo to Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal - Stage Details

Colombian Esteban Chaves gritted his teeth and produced a fantastic late attack in the finale of stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana today, making up ground and re-taking some valuable seconds as the general classification experienced a significant shake up.

A lightening quick start to the stage saw an unlikely breakaway form early on after an attack by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) was followed by race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Both riders had teammates with them and once they realised a gap had developed on the other favourites the pace shot up again. Due to the terrain and the speed of the stage start many teams were caught napping.

Despite the huge efforts from ORICA-BikeExchange throughout the stage, it eventually was won from the initial breakaway by Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep).

Sport director Neil Stephens believes the team has come through the Pyrenees positively and praised their Froome (Team-Sky) and stage six winner Simon Yates now in fifth overall.

“Esteban (Chaves) and Jens Keukeleire were very close to being part of the Contador attack,” said Stephens. “But a crash happened right in front of them at the wrong moment, they got held up and by the time they were round it was too late.”

Read the full report here.


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) - Etixx - Quick-Step 2:54:30
2 Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team 0:00:03
3 Fabio Felline (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo 0:00:25
4 Kenny Elissonde (FRA) - FDJ 0:00:28
5 David De La Cruz (SPA) - Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:31
6 Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team 0:00:34
7 Davide Formolo (ITA) - Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:53
8 Matvey Mamykin (RUS) - Team Katusha 0:01:16
9 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:53
10 Michele Scarponi (ITA) - Astana Pro Team 0:01:59
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:53
21 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:02:47
53 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:19:01
54 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:19:01
73 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:46:54
118 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:53:54
123 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:53:54
135 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:53:54
151 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:53:54