Mollema Takes Stage 17 of Vuelta

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09/12/2013| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill

Mollema Takes Stage 17 of Vuelta

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) has salvaged his Vuelta and that of his team, which before today had not won a stage and was down to four riders. The Dutchman jumped away from the lead group in the last km to win Stage 17, a rolling, 189-km ride from Calahorra to Burgos, in 4:44:28. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) finished second, and Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) took third. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) remains the red jersey.

I wanted to win a stage . I was dropped last Friday but it was also necessary that I save energy on the days when it was not possible. It paid off for me today.”

In the overall, Nibali leads Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) by 0:28 and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 1:14. Stage 18 will be the first of three consecutive mountain stages that will decide the 2013 Vuelta. The 186.5-km ride from Burgos to Pena Cabarga, will take the riders over three Category 3 ascents and a Category 2 climb before the first category climb to the finish. Who will win? Nibali? Horner? Who will wear the red jersey tomorrow night? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!

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