Vuelta a España
Stage 20: Benidorm to Alto de Aitana. Air Force Squadron - Stage Details

ORICA-BikeExchange produced another fine display of teamwork and tactical knowhow on stage 20 of La Vuelta a Espana today as Esteban Chaves capped off an incredible three weeks of racing by moving back into third on the general classification.

Damien Howson made it into the day’s breakaway that formed after a fast and hectic start, immediately giving the Australian outfit the option of advanced support later in the stage.

The support plan was utilised and executed to perfection as ORICA-BikeExchange unleashed a series of strong accelerations at the front of the peloton that heavily reduced the bunch before Chaves attacked on the penultimate climb.

With Howson positioned up the road Chaves continued to accelerate until making contact, from that point forward Howson buried himself and catapulted Chaves up the climb before pulling off with 15kilometres left to race.

Despite the intensity of the occasion Chaves maintained tempo up the climb and finished well ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) to take third place overall.

“We said in the beginning that the goal for the team was the general classification and we kept fighting for it right until the end,” said Chaves. “Today was a beautiful stage and all of my life I dreamt of riding an epic stage like today and to do it with this team is unbelievable.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Pierre Latour (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale 5:19:41
2 Darwin Atapuma (COL) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
3 Fabio Felline (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo 0:00:17
4 Mathias Frank (SWI) - IAM Cycling 0:00:40
5 Robert Gesink (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:03
6 Bart De Clercq (BEL) - Lotto Soudal 0:01:28
7 Rudy Molard (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:02
8 Lilian Calmejane (FRA) - Direct Energie 0:03:01
9 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:03:17
10 Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team 0:04:03
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:03:17
14 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:05:04
49 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:24:13
50 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:25:45
51 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:25:46
63 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange
121 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:27:51
140 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:27:51
143 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:28:36