Michael Woods Takes La Vuelta Stage 17 Win

12 September 2018 04:56
EF Education’s Michael Woods has won stage seventeen of the 73rd Vuelta A Espana. Stage Seventeen saw the race in Basque Country and a 157km stage from Getxo to Balcón de Bizkaia with Mitchelton Scott’s Simon Yates in the red jersey.   Thomas De Gendt took the early sprint before a break of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale), Omar Fraile (Astana), Alessandro De Marchi, Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team), Rafal Majka, Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-hansgrohe), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Andrey Amador (Movistar Team), Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data), Simon Clarke, Michael Woods (Education First-Drapac), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), David De La Cruz, Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Cristian Rodríguez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Jesus Herrada, Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) and Hector Saez (Euskadi) formed.   Through Bilbao with a lead of just under six minutes with Oscar Fraile, who met his family and friends after thirty kilometres, taking the next sprint.   Into the final one hundred kilometres of the stage and the gap was at 6.49 on a day where temperatures were around thirty degrees.   The gap went out to 8.17 and 8.26 on the Alto de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe climb which Thomas De Gendt was first over and took the three points in the fog.   On the first climb of the Alto del Balcon de Bizkaia.and De Gendt moved into the KOM jersey when he was first over the top as Mitchelton Scott worked to bring the gap down to under five minutes.   The pace continued on the Alto de Santa Eufemia and De Gendt took three more points before Simon Clarke and Woods pushed off the front.   Aru crashed and did not look happy about his bike with six kilometres to go.   Four riders including Wood led with 2.8kms on a climb which had ramps of 25%.   De La Cruz of Team Sky went again with Woods and they had a short lead with 1.3kms to go.   Rafa Majka joined the leaders and as did Dylan Teuns, who then attacked before Woods went again wit four hundred metres to go.   Through the clouds and Woods was still pushing on and he took the win in 4.09.48 with Teuns second ahead of De La Cruz and Majka.   Simon Yates finished 2.45 down to stay in the race lead by 25 seconds. . read full article

Source: Kev Monks