Froome extends Vuelta lead as Alaphilippe wins stage eight

Julian Alaphilippe vuelta 2017 stage 8 xorret de cati

Chris Froome (Team Sky) extended his lead in the Vuelta a Espana as Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won stage 8 into Xorret de Catí.

Alaphillippe delivered a third Quick-Step victory, winning from a large breakaway of 21. The Frenchman outsprinted Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) and Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) to take the stage.

Froome showed he remains the man to beat overall as the Briton aims to become just the third man to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year.

The Sky rider left all of his general classification rivals, bar Alberto Contador, trailing on the category-one climb up Xorret de Cati before a short descent to the finish line to extend his lead over Esteban Chaves to 28 seconds.

“I certainly didn’t need to attack but I am good to take advantage of it whilst my legs are feeling good,” a confident Froome told Spanish TV station Teledeporte.

“The most important thing for me was to try and keep pushing trying to open up the time gaps and we’ll see where we are after fist rest day.”

Italian duo Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru were in the group alongside Chaves, 17 seconds behind Froome, to fall 53 seconds and 1min 06sec behind the race lead respectively.

Despite a return to form in the past few days, three-time Vuelta winner Contador remains over three minutes behind in his final race before retirement after a poor start.

Sunday’s ninth stage contains another category one climb to the finish of the 174km ride from Orihuela to Cumbre del Sol.

Vuelta a Espana 2017 – stage 8 results (Hellín – Xorret de Catí):

1Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)


2Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


3Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)


5Nelson Oliveira (Movistar)


6Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport)


7Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)


8Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal)


9Alberto Losada (Katusha-Alpecin)


10Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


11Daan Olivier (Team Sunweb)


12Loic Vliegen (BMC)


13Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


14Chris Froome (Team Sky)


15Jesus Hernandez (Trek-Segafredo)


16Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)


17Fabio Aru (Astana)


18Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


19Wout Poels (Team Sky)


20Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)


General classification after stage 8:

1Chris Froome (Team Sky)


2Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)


3Nicolas Roche (BMC)


4Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)


5Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)


6Fabio Aru (Astana)


7David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)


8Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)


9Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac)


10Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


11Nelson Oliveira (Movistar)


12Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


13Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


14Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)


15Wout Poels (Team Sky)


16Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


17Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


18Jetse Bol (Manzana Postobon)


19Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)


20Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)



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