Where's that GPS?
Stage Nine Re-cap:
How do you get a monkey off your back? If you're Chris Froome you win a stage in the Grand Tour of which you are currently in the lead. Widely disparaged for not winning a single stage in the recent Tour de France, Froomie was like a man possessed as he climbed to the stage win on Sunday.
While Contador hung tough until right before the summit's finish line (and moved up to #13 on GC), several GC hopefuls did not fare as well. Froome gained both time on the clock as well as bonus time for crossing the line first - further entrenching his lead in the Vuelta.
General Classification Top-Ten after Stage 9:
1) Christopher Froome (Sky) 36:33:16
2) Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Orica-Scott) 0:00:36
3) Nicolas Roche (BMC) 0:01:05
4)Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 0:01:17
5) Tejay van Garderen (BMC) 0:01:27
6) David de la Cruz (Quick-Step) 0:01:30
7) Fabio Aru (Astana) 0:01:33
8) Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) 0:01:52
9) Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) 0:01:55
10) Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) 0:02:15
The Jersey Distribution after Stage Nine:
Leader: Christopher Froome (Sky)
Points: Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step)
Mountains: Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac)
Stage 10: Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 / ElPozo Alimentación, 164.8 Km
This is going to be a good one! The action is packed into the last third of the stage as a Cat 3 climb morphs into the vicious Cat 1 Collado Bemmejo and then concludes in a long dangerous descent to the finish line - an open invitation to a good descender to make up lost time if he can just get past Froome and Contador.
Normally, I would say this one might be in Nibali's wheelhouse - but I think we are in for a surprise winner of this brutal stage.
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