Colombian Esteban Chaves and stage six winner Simon Yates both gave their all for ORICA-BikeExchange on the stage 19 individual time trial at the Vuelta a Espanatoday, setting the scene for an epic penultimate stage tomorrow.
Christopher Froome (Team-Sky) won the stage and edged closer to race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) moved up into third overall with the general classification to be decided tomorrow.
Seven minutes separates the top six with Chaves now in fourth and Yates in sixth. The decisive stage 20 will be challenging, covering five categorised climbs before a tough summit finish on the Alto de Aitana.
Sport director Neil Stephens praised the efforts of the team and spoke of the windy conditions on the course.
“It was very windy out there today,” said Stephens. “There were some strong gusts that actually blew the riders around a bit, coupled with an already demanding course, it made for a really hard day.”
|1||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:46:33|
|2||Jonathan Castroviejo (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:44|
|3||Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:01:24|
|4||Yves Lampaert (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:01:26|
|5||Victor Campenaerts (BEL) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||0:01:47|
|6||Leopold Konig (CZE) - Team Sky||0:01:51|
|7||Andrew Talansky (USA) - Cannondale-Drapac||0:01:54|
|8||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team||0:01:57|
|9||Fabio Felline (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo||0:01:58|
|10||Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA) - Astana Pro Team||0:02:10|
|24||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:13|
|32||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:45|
|71||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:05:54|
|73||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:06:01|
|95||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:06:34|
|101||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:06:46|
|122||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:07:29|
|124||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:07:34|
|158||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:09:37|