August 29, 2017
STAGE 9: Chris Froome takes stage win
Team Sky’s Chris Froome took an impressive victory on Stage Nine of the Vuelta a Espana, extending his overall lead after a week of racing.
Froome held off a late challenge from Esteban Chaves and Michael Woods to claim his first stage victory of 2017 in a tough mountain top finish.
Froome now goes into the first rest day of the Vuelta with a lead of 36 seconds over Chaves.
Chris Froome © Photo credit : Unipublic/Photogomez
Chris Froome said:
“I put everything I had into that last couple of hundred metres. I was determined that they weren’t going to catch me.
“I’m really, really happy to get the victory. The team did a brilliant job on that final climb and set such a good tempo.
“After a week we couldn’t have asked to be in a better position. It’s been a fantastic start to the Vuelta. The legs are feeling great. I’ve been to the Vuelta so many times, trying to target this race, and so far it feels like everything is going really well.
Froome’s win capped off a terrific day for Team Sky, who also saw Italian sprinter Elia Viviani take victory in the Bretagne Classic.
The team also announced the signing of young Colombian talent Egan Bernal on the day he sealed victory in the Tour de L’Avenir, the most prestigious event in the under 23 race calendar.
Video of final two kilometres
Results - Stage 9
19/8 Stage 1 (TTT) - Nimes › Nimes (13.7km)
20/8 Stage 2 - Nimes › Gruissan (203.4km)
21/8 Stage 3 - Prades Conflent Canigo › Andorra la Vella (158.5km)
22/8 Stage 4 - Escaldes-Engordany › Tarragona (198.2km)
23/8 Stage 5 - Benicàssim › Alcossebre (157.7km)
24/8 Stage 6 - Vila-Real › Sagunt (204.4km)
25/8 Stage 7 - Llíria › Cuenca (207km)
26/8 Stage 8 - Hellín › Xorret de Catí (199.5km)
27/8 Stage 9 - Orihuela › Cumbre del Sol (174km)
28/8 Rest day
29/8 Stage 10 - Caravaca Jubilar › Elpozo Alimentacion (164.8km)
30/8 Stage 11 - Lorca › Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (187.5km)
31/8 Stage 12 - Motril › Antequera Los Dólmenes (160.1km)
1/9 Stage 13 - Coín › Tomares (198.4km)
2/9 Stage 14 - Écija › Sierra de La Pandera (175km)
3/9 Stage 15 - Alcala La Real › Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora (129km)
4/9 Rest day
5/9 Stage 16 (ITT) - Circuito de Navarra › Logroño (40.2km)
6/9 Stage 17 - Villadiego › Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega (180.5km)
7/9 Stage 18 - Suances › Santo Toribio de Liébana (169km)
8/9 Stage 19 - Caso. Parque Natural de Redes › Gijon (149.7km)
9/9 Stage 20 - Corvera de Asturias › Alto de L'Angliru (117.5km)
10/9 Stage 21 - Arroyomolinos › Madrid (117.6km)