Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 17: Michael Woods wins thriller, Yates still strong in red

Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 17: Michael Woods wins thriller, Yates still strong in red

Martin James 12 Sep 2018 Final climb of Alto del Balcon causes chaos and ends Quintana's Vuelta hopes but Yates stays strong Canadian Michael Woods of EF-Drapac won Stage 17 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana in the fog atop the punishing Alto del Balcon, just staying clear of BMC's Dylan Teuns in a tortuous end of a stage on a climb that hit ramps of 24%. In the race among the GC contenders, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained his overall lead, conceding a handful of seconds to second placed Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) but gaining time on rivals Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-NL Jumbo) and most significantly Nairo Quintana (Movistar). The Colombian was distanced on the toughest part of the climb after an attack by teammate Valverde, but Yates countered that and all other attacks, only ceding time to the green jersey and the impressive Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) ...

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