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La Vuelta: Stage 15 Attacking is so much fun

September 9, 2014

The top climbers repeatedly attacked each other in the final climb but in the end it did not achieve much. Contador tried to seal the race win but was unable to get rid of Valverde, who seemed more interested in sucking his wheel than helping eliminate their shared rivals. Rodriguez also matched his fellow Spaniard’s attacks. They spent so much time marking each other they allowed Froome to keep pace. Froome was out the back early again, but just paced himself all the way up the hill. It was amazing to watch how his steady pace cancelled out the attacks of the climbers. He would overtake them regularly then be distanced again in the next flurry of attacks. Froome will be very satisfied to have survived the stage, he lost the race here a few years ago.

Niemiec was the best of the break today and survived to claim a fine stage win. He is one of many Polish cyclists who have shown they are world class.

Uran struggled again and is now out of contention at 3 minutes. Aru has overtaken him and moves into fifth. The fight for the podium appears to be between the top five: Contador, Valverde, Froome, Rodriguez and Aru. However, tomorrow’s hard mountainous stage could shake up the leaderboard.

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