Before the great battle expected for tomorrow on the Angliru climb, the GC guys played a secondary role in today’s stage.
A part from the Spaniard Contador who attacked but he was resumed from the peloton at 4 km to go.
The real fight was at the front with a 19 men breakaway that attack each other until the finish line.
Our Belgian rider, Laurens De Vreese, was among them and did pretty good until the last climb, at around 16 km to go.
On that crucial point some guys took an advantage and they fought for the stage victory.
De Vreese concluded in 16th position at 2:40 from the winner. Same situation as yesterday in the GC with Miguel Angel Lopez 6th at 5:16 and Fabio Aru 8th at 6:33.
Lopez is also the leader of the Young riders classification and the Astana Pro Team is leading the Teams classification.
Today’s winner has been the Belgian Thomas De Gendt while Froome kept the Red Jersey.
“From one side I had some luck to enter in the breakaway today – said De Vreese after the finish – but then of course good legs were necessary… I fought at my best and I think we did pretty good at the front: unfortunately in the final I found some guys stronger than me.”
“I’m satisfied about my first participation in a grand tour – continued the Belgian – and being in the break at two days from the end I believe is a good sign… anyway, we all are fully focused on tomorrow difficult stage to the Angliru, where I will give my best to help my captains Aru and Lopez to do good.”
Tomorrow, 20th stage of La Vuelta 2017: it will be the last real fight for the GC contenders.
From Corvera de Asturias to Alto de Angliru, 117.5 km, 3500 meters of positive drop and slope around 20% in the last three km of the climb.