“It’s difficult to forget such a climb”
“Tremendous, a real climb. It’s like Zoncolan in Italy or the Bola do mundo here in Spain – says Vincenzo Nibali in the fog of the arrival of stage 17 – it’s hard to forget about this ascent to Los Machucos “.
“At the beginning, I did not feel great, but getting up I found a good pace. In the final with Ilnur Zakarin we insisted and managed to retrieve forty seconds. Froome is fine and has a great team with him, but there are still a couple of difficult stages and I will try to win”.
“Today’s stage and Angliru next Saturday – comments Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – have a common feature: your legs are more important instead of having a good team. Probably Froome paid more than Vincenzo yesterday’s time trial “
Meanwhile, today’s stage was won by Austrian Stefan Denifl with Nibali who finished fourth. In GC the captain is always second 1’16 “ down on race leader.
There are climbs even in the 18th stage. From Suances to Santo Toribio de Liebana for 169 km with different ascents of second and third category. A challenging final with the finish pointing up.
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