Britain’s rider has just gotten one step closer to the big victory after winning yesterday’s stage 16’s time trial.
Chris Froome, 32, aims to win this year’s Vuelta a Espana and become the third rider to have ever won two Grant Tours at the same season.
Team Sky’s rider proved everyone how much he deserves the big victory after making everyone witness an impressive performance as he completed the 40.2-kilometer course in only 47 minutes!
Now, Froome leads Italian Nibali by almost two minutes (one minute and 58 seconds), as the Dutch rider moved to the third place in the overall classification.
Top 5 de la etapa:
1. Chris Froome +47:00
2. Kelderman +0:29
3. Nibali + 0:57
4. Zakarin + 0:59
5. Contador + 0:59
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) September 5, 2017
Italian rider, Vincenzo Nibali had to begin yesterday’s time trial stage one minute and one second behind champion Froome. However, after giving a strong performance he ended up only 57 seconds slower than the Tour of France winner finishing third.
“The course suited Froome but you still have to time it well and he showed again why he is considered to be one of the world’s best time triallists today,” – Dave Brailsford, Team Sky boss told Eurosport.
“But there are still some really hard stages coming up, the climbs are so steep and intense that there is no time to relax. It’s a difficult day tomorrow, and for the guys who went full today, we’ll see how that impacts on them.”
Stage 16 time trial results
Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 47mins
Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +29secs
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +57secs
Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +59secs
Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) Same time
Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe/FDJ) +1min 07secs
Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +1min 11secs
Lennard Kaemna (Ger/Team Sunweb) +1min 30secs
Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 41secs
Daniel Oss (Italy / BMC Racing Team) +1min 49secs
Overall classification of Vuelta a Espana so far
Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 62hrs 53mins 25secs
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 58secs
Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +2mins 40secs
Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +3mins 07secs
Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +4mins 58secs
Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +5mins 25secs
Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +6mins 27secs
Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +6mins 33secs
Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +6mins 40secs
Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +7mins 06secs