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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
Ripley wrote:
What's Sagan doing up there after so many mountains? And why aren't you doing any better? Does the team doctor have anything to say?

The team doctor mentioned that me and Sagan entered a worm hole in one of the climbs wherein we exchanged powers! Hence the situation Wink

On a serious note, he's baffled mostly. The best explanation I've heard is that I might have overdone my prep...
This can't be true...van Garderen has to find a way to loose it somewhere Grin a 2nd on a stage is something to work with, still some glory to reach this Tour!
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AbhishekLFC wrote:
Ripley wrote:
What's Sagan doing up there after so many mountains? And why aren't you doing any better? Does the team doctor have anything to say?

The team doctor mentioned that me and Sagan entered a worm hole in one of the climbs wherein we exchanged powers! Hence the situation Wink

That is a surprisingly good explanation. Smile Well, then I expect the green jersey from you, of course. Smile
@Croatia: Let's wait and watch what TVG does. Stage hunting and chasing the KOM is what's left on my agenda.

@Ripley: Coming right up Pfft
Ian Butler
So close to a stage win there! With time it's bound to come Smile
Second place was a good result no doubt. But Bardet was always out of reach. My time will come soon I hope Smile
Tour de France

Stages 17 - 21

And so, we reached the final week of the Tour. My hopes of a decent GC finish had been dashed on stage 14 but there was a slim chance of having a go at the KOM classification.

Stage 17 was a rolling transitional stage where van Avermaet joined the break. They did not survive and the sprinters took the prize.

Stage 18


I ventured into the seven man break with Kruijswijk, Vanmarcke and Craddock for company, among others. I picked up first place in the first three climbs, but was then dropped from the break. I was caught by Adam Yates and Dan Martin, who had escaped from the peloton, on the fourth climb. The duo contested for the win, with Yates taking it, moving to within 2 minutes of van Garderen. I eventually lost 5 minutes on the stage.

I joined the ten man break again on Stage 19. I had Polanc, my teammate, for company. I picked up no points on the first climb, but claimed first place in every other one. The break survived by a minute ahead of the pack but I only managed a 7th place. I moved up to 3rd in the KOM standings. However, this was the last stage with any KOM points on offer, which meant I could not move any higher in the KOM standings. I moved up one place in the GC to 28th.

Stage 20


The ITT was a last chance to redeem myself. I started off very well, going through the first two intermediates in first place. I lost some pace before the finish, the three weeks of racing taking its toll. Still, the timing screen showed 4th when I crossed the line. This would go down to 19th with a loss of over 2 minutes by the time the stage was wrapped up. Dumoulin took the win. I moved up another spot to 27th.

The ride into Champs Elysses on Stage 21 saw van Avermaet join the break to try his luck at glory. The break didn't survive and the historic bunch sprint was won by Sagan, who incredibly also finished 3rd in the GC. I did gain another place on this stage.

General Classification

1Tejay Van GarderenAstana Pro Team82h45'23
2Simon YatesAstana Pro Team+ 1'56
3Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 6'26
4Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'35
5Rui CostaBora - Argon 18+ 12'35
6Romain BardetTeam Sky+ 12'55
7Davide FormoloAstana Pro Team+ 13'19
8Wilco KeldermanTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'39
9Tom DumoulinStella Artois+ 14'00
10Thibaut PinotStella Artois+ 14'03

11Ilnur ZakarinTeam Sky+ 14'32
12Tony GallopinStella Artois+ 18'50
13Warren BarguilIAM Cycling+ 19'48
14Sam OomenTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 21'04
15Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale+ 21'32
16Chris FroomeTinkoff-Saxo+ 23'19
17Geraint ThomasAstana Pro Team+ 25'50
18Rohan DennisIAM Cycling+ 26'27
19Andrey AmadorTeam Sky+ 27'44
20Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois+ 28'19
21Robert GesinkMTN-Qhubeka+ 32'05
22Wout PoelsTeam Sky+ 32'31
23Joseph DombrowskiTrek Factory Racing+ 33'15
24Tiesj BenootLotto Soudal+ 35'31
25Tim WellensESPN+ 39'18
26Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 39'29
27Steven KruijswijkTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 39'56
28Maxime Le LavandierDecathlon+ 47'05
29Alexandre GeniezESPN+ 49'30
30Sébastien ReichenbachIAM Cycling+ 49'31
31Dayer QuintanaCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 52'58
32Gregorio Iba√ĪezTinkoff-Saxo+ 53'34
33Alvaro CuadrosTeam Katusha+ 54'22
34Simon SpilakESPN+ 54'25
35Mattia CattaneoTEAM Cepsa+ 56'53
36Nicolas EdetDecathlon+ 58'08
37Simone PetilliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 59'35
38Clément ChevrierTeam Europcar+ 1h03'05
39Jan PolancLotto Soudal+ 1h04'45
40Stefan DeniflBora - Argon 18+ 1h05'17
41Esteban ChavesTeam Katusha+ 1h06'38
42Lawson CraddockESPN+ 1h08'11
43Lennard KämnaMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h09'26
44Bernard ThielBora - Argon 18+ 1h09'42
45Roman KreuzigerAstana Pro Team+ 1h10'12
46Cyril GautierAlcatel+ 1h11'07
47Alberto ContadorTEAM Cepsa+ 1h12'32
48Victor LafayAlcatel+ 1h14'31
49Pello BilbaoTEAM Cepsa+ 1h15'29
50Matej MohoricOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h18'43
51Léo VincentDecathlon+ 1h25'26
52Edoardo ZardiniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h26'07
53Mathias FrankTrek Factory Racing+ 1h28'38
54Sep VanmarckeTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h29'27
55Nathan BrownESPN+ 1h29'34
56Patrick BevinBora - Argon 18+ 1h31'10
57Jan BakelantsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h35'58
58Axel DomontDecathlon+ 1h36'03
59Odd Christian EikingIAM Cycling+ 1h36'57
60Lilian CalmejaneTeam Europcar+ 1h38'16
61Egor SilinTeam Katusha+ 1h43'38
62Davide VillellaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h44'06
63Francesco BongiornoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h44'39
64Thomas BonninAlcatel+ 1h46'13
65Gianni MeersmanLotto Soudal+ 1h48'45
66Luis León SánchezTEAM Cepsa+ 1h49'37
67Tom SlagterTeam Katusha+ 1h49'48
68Caleb EwanOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h50'30
69Michael MatthewsTinkoff-Saxo+ 1h51'05
70Rudy MolardAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h53'02
71Alexey LutsenkoTrek Factory Racing+ 1h56'49
72Ben SwiftTeam Sky+ 1h56'55
73Guillaume BonnafondAlcatel+ 1h59'20
74Théry SchirMTN-Qhubeka+ 2h01'38
75Floris De TierTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 2h04'26
76Jens KeukeleireTeam Sky+ 2h04'55
77Taylor PhinneyTinkoff-Saxo+ 2h07'36
78Lars BoomOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2h11'16
79Wout van AertStella Artois+ 2h12'41
80Juan José LobatoTEAM Cepsa+ 2h13'36
81Alexis GougeardAstana Pro Team+ 2h15'53
82Arnaud DemareTeam Europcar+ 2h17'57
83Nacer BouhanniDecathlon+ 2h18'24
84Thomas SprengersTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
85Guillaume LevarletSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 2h18'41
86Alexey TsatevitchTinkoff-Saxo+ 2h20'38
87Danny Van PoppelOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2h22'05
88Alexander KristoffMTN-Qhubeka+ 2h22'23
89Scott AmbroseOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2h22'27
90Matthias BrändleTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 2h22'33
91Nelson OliveiraMTN-Qhubeka+ 2h22'37
92John DegenkolbTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 2h23'56
93Aldin CarlmanSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 2h24'58
94Daniel OssAstana Pro Team+ 2h27'50
95Pierre-Henri LecuisinierDecathlon+ 2h28'36
96Jasper StuyvenStella Artois+ 2h29'17
97Carlos BetancurLotto Soudal+ 2h30'31
98Rafal PalikOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2h30'40
99Alexis DulinCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 2h32'55
100Yoann PaillotTeam Europcar+ 2h33'41
101Bryan CoquardTinkoff-Saxo+ 2h34'26
102Yves LampaertStella Artois+ 2h37'47
103Thomas DamuseauAlcatel+ 2h38'30
104Philip O'DonnellTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2h39'13
105Greg Van AvermaetLotto Soudal+ 2h42'04
106Leigh HowardOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2h42'31
107Raymond KrederMTN-Qhubeka+ 2h43'02
108Mads PedersenSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 2h45'15
109Sondre Holst EngerCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 2h45'22
110Anthony MaldonadoDecathlon+ 2h45'38
111Geoffrey SoupeCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 2h46'46
112Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 2h47'09
113Davide CimolaiLotto Soudal+ 2h47'14
114Jens DebusschereStella Artois+ 2h47'59
115Yohann OliveAlcatel+ 2h48'26
116Meik HermanskiBora - Argon 18+ 2h48'41
117Laurens De VreeseAg2r La Mondiale+ 2h49'13
118Adrien PetitESPN+ 2h49'46
119Sam BennettIAM Cycling+ 2h50'33
120Carlos RibeiroTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2h51'11
121Roman ShevchukSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 2h52'35
122Lukas LöerTeam Sky+ 2h54'13
123Kenneth VanbilsenTrek Factory Racing+ 2h54'34
124Patryk KomisarekSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 2h54'47
125Julien MoriceAlcatel+ 2h55'57
126J√ľrgen RoelandtsLotto Soudal+ 2h57'02
127Iltjan NikaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 2h57'12
128Lorenzo ManzinDecathlon+ 2h58'20
129Boris ValléeStella Artois+ 2h58'23
130Luke RoweTeam Sky+ 2h59'00
131Sacha ModoloMTN-Qhubeka+ 2h59'22
132Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 3h00'35
133Sebastian LanderCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 3h02'34
134Ignatas KonovalovasTEAM Cepsa+ 3h04'42
135Romain CardisTeam Europcar+ 3h05'01
136André LooijTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 3h05'39
137Giacomo NizzoloTEAM Cepsa+ 3h07'06
138Marc SarreauTeam Europcar+ 3h07'27
139Dennis VanendertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 3h08'47
140Markus FreibergerSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 3h09'22
141Jempy DruckerTrek Factory Racings.t.
142Eduard-Michael GrosuLotto Soudal+ 3h10'16
143Pieter JacobsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 3h11'23
144Fabian CancellaraTrek Factory Racing+ 3h12'19
145Ramon SinkeldamBora - Argon 18+ 3h12'30
146Johan Le BonESPN+ 3h12'41
147Kevin RezaTeam Europcar+ 3h19'39
148Dylan van BaarleTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 3h22'20
149Marco CanolaBora - Argon 18+ 3h23'47
150Luke KeoughTrek Factory Racing+ 3h24'02
151Alton McArtherAstana Pro Team+ 3h25'05
152Romain GuyotTeam Europcar+ 3h30'16
153Joshua HuppertzBora - Argon 18+ 3h30'36
154Julien DuvalDecathlon+ 3h33'24
155André GreipelOrica-GreenEDGE+ 3h33'25
156Niccolo BonifazioTeam Katusha+ 3h33'41
157Max WalscheidBora - Argon 18+ 3h33'48
158Sébastien TurgotTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 3h34'49
159Oscar GattoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 3h34'57
160Gerald CiolekMTN-Qhubeka+ 3h39'08
161Niki TerpstraTeam Sky+ 3h39'13
162Daniel HoelgaardIAM Cycling+ 3h41'14
163David MenutCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 3h45'42
164Victor ManakovSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 3h45'49
165Phil BauhausOrica-GreenEDGE+ 3h49'24
166Mark CavendishTrek Factory Racing+ 3h49'59
167Andrea PiecheleAg2r La Mondiale+ 3h51'10
168Vincent J√©r√īmeAg2r La Mondiale+ 3h52'03
169Tyler FarrarESPN+ 3h58'29
170Charles HerbertAlcatel+ 4h00'36
171Justin OienESPN+ 4h02'46
172Olivier NaesenTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 4h07'38
173Andrea GuardiniAstana Pro Team+ 4h08'38
174Stig BroeckxTrek Factory Racing+ 4h09'23
175Sebastian LangeveldTeam Katusha+ 4h10'01
176Anton VorobyevTeam Katusha+ 4h15'30
177Gerry DruytsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 4h16'20
178Alexander KriegerIAM Cycling+ 4h25'05
179Felix EnglishCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 4h26'55
180Maciej BodnarCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 4h30'06
181Milán BiróIAM Cycling+ 5h08'27

Points Classification

1Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo421
2Arnaud DemareTeam Europcar320
3Nacer BouhanniDecathlon239
4Mads PedersenSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club214
5Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin212

Mountain Classification

1Romain BardetTeam Sky126
2Dayer QuintanaCCC Sprandi Polkowice97
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal95
4Tejay Van GarderenAstana Pro Team89
5Alexandre GeniezESPN81

Young Riders Classification

1Sam OomenTeam Giant-Alpecin83h06'27
2Tiesj BenootLotto Soudal+ 14'27
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 18'25
4Gregorio Iba√ĪezTinkoff-Saxo+ 32'30
5Alvaro CuadrosTeam Katusha+ 33'18

Team Classification

1Astana Pro Team245h41'25
2Stella Artois+ 24'59
3Tinkoff-Saxo+ 25'05
4Team Sky+ 31'08
5Team Giant-Alpecin+ 56'09

This is not how I'd imagined my first Tour going. I was consistently off the pace in most climbs, with breakaways turning out to be the only way I could stay ahead of the peloton. Being beaten by Benoot was not ideal, having made so much noise in the early season about beating both Meintjes and Betancur when we rode in the same race. On the second rest day, despite having finished 2nd on the stage the day before, I was doubting myself to no end as a GC candidate. On that same day, I took a decision which I thought would be good for my career in the near future, given how the season was turning out. By the time of the finish, I was calmer, but still not happy with my performance. I hope I can redeem myself in the few races that remain.
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 21-06-2017 05:18
Very good 15th stage, getting in the spotlight.

Just wondering how Abhishek’s TDF would have been, if he had chosen to stay with the team-mates to get some protection, save energy and only fight on the final climbs ?
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Tamijo wrote:
Very good 15th stage, getting in the spotlight.

Just wondering how Abhishek’s TDF would have been, if he had chosen to stay with the team-mates to get some protection, save energy and only fight on the final climbs ?

By the time I got into the break for the first time on Stage 12, I was already 13 minutes down in the GC! Don't think trying to hang onto the pack would've helped much tbh.

Second place on Stage 15 was good, but I was aiming for accomplishing more things to remember from this TDF...
You are right, the TTT killed the GC, early.
It was your first TdF, I'm sure you can improve in future editions. Altogether a strange race, the final top 10 and the time gaps leave me scratching my head.
Not mentioning TvG winning Le Tour, WTF is Sagan doing in the podium???

Not the best first Tour, but you'll have your revenge one month later in la Vuelta
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@Tamijo: Too many TT kilometers for mine and Lotto's liking. Pretty much put the race on a platter for TVG.

@Ripley and Aquarius: A strange race for sure! Too many of the top climbers were so far back after the TTT that their chasing only led to their downfall in later stages. You can see how many teammates are still stacked together at the finish, all because of that TTT.

Let's hope I can be as good as last year in the Vuelta...
What a Difference a Month Makes

Date: 15th June, 2019

I got a call from my agent the day after the Criterium Dauphine got over.
"Congrats on wearing the leader's jersey."
All I managed was, "Hmm."
"I'm looking for contracts for you. There has been some interest. Any preferences?"
"Grand Tour leadership."
"Lotto want to re-sign you. They're are offering you leadership for the Vuelta."
"Just the Vuelta?", I asked.
"For now, yes."
"Keep them on hold. See what else comes up."
"Sure boss, goodbye."
"Goodbye Jan."

Date: 23nd July, 2019
Occasion: Morning of Tour de France Stage 16

Newspaper Article in L'Equipe

Lotto Soudal signed a one year contract extension with their rider Abhishek Sinha, who finished 2nd on Sunday's stage 15 of le Tour, behind Romain Bardet. The news doesn't come as a surprise following Louis Meintjes's transfer to MTN. Sinha was unavailable for comment but his agent said that this was a well thought out decision from both parties.

My performance in week two of the Tour had been the last straw. I had started to doubt my capabilities as a capable leader in Grand Tours. Just a month ago, I had put off re-signing with Lotto because they could not guarantee a Grand Tour leadership spot for me besides the Vuelta next year.

Lotto Soudal announced the signing of Nairo Quintana the week after the Criterium Dauphine. At that time, I had made up my mind to leave. Here I am, a month later, signing on to be his under-study!

I took a break right after the Tour to gather my thoughts. Ever since the Giro, it's been one blow after another after another, some good, most not so good. I have to be honest, it was a relief to have got the contract situation resolved early. The circumstances leading up to it were not ideal and I have to accept that and move on. Next season will be another challenge in my path to the top, but no one becomes a legend by taking the easy way to the top.

Vuelta a Burgos

The prep race for the Vuelta. I was back as the leader of the team and going for the GC. The team was mostly for the flat with only the last stage featuring a significant climb.

Stage 1 was flat and the sprinters had their day. Sagan was so quick at the finish that he got eight seconds on the rest of the pack. de Buyst grabbed 4th for us.

Stage 2 was much of the same. de Buyst got 5th while Salomein, who was protecting me throughout the stage, finished strongly in 10th.

Stage 3 and again de Buyst was excellent, picking up 2nd place behind Sagan, who completed his hat-trick! Is there anything this man can't do? The first five finishers got 14 seconds on the pack. de Buyst moved up to 3rd in the GC and in the Points classification.

Stage 4 saw de Buyst take another 2nd place. Sagan was finally beaten, and finished 5th. de Buyst moved up to 2nd place in both the GC and the Points race.

Stage 5


This stage would decide the GC. The pace was slow in the first half but picked up as soon as the third climb was negotiated. After the first category climb, the break was caught and the the lead group was down to less than seventy riders. After the next climb, this number reduced to fifty. I waited for a couple of kilometres on the climb to the finish before attacking with 7 km to go. Miguel Angel Lopez did the same and caught up to me with 5 km to go. I could not hang on to his next acceleration and had to settle for 2nd place on the stage and in the GC.

General Classification

1Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois18h01'51
2Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 33
3Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 56
4Be√Īat TxoperenaTeam Katusha+ 1'10
5Eduardo SepulvedaTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'18
6Juan ChamorroColombias.t.
7Edward RavasiTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
8Daniel Felipe MartinezColombias.t.
9David De la CruzTeam Katushas.t.
10Julian ArredondoTinkoff-Saxos.t.

11Marko DíazColombias.t.
12Ian BoswellTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
13Ezequiel GrandiKaiku+ 1'52
14Yukiya ArashiroTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 2'42
15Pello BilbaoTEAM Cepsa+ 2'56
16Cameron MeyerOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
17Mikel IturriaTeam Katushas.t.
18√ďscar Gonz√°lezTEAM Cepsas.t.
19Bernardo PedoneStella Artoiss.t.
20Carter JonesTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 4'11
21PrimoŇĺ RoglicTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
22Floris GertsTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 4'35
23Vitaliy ButsTEAM Cepsa+ 5'05
24Mitchell Lovelock-FayOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
25√Āngel MadrazoTeam Katushas.t.
26Javier MorenoTEAM Cepsas.t.
27Hugo HouleTEAM Cepsas.t.
28Alexander GeuensTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 5'56
29Jelle WallaysLotto Soudal+ 6'10
30Ricardo GarcíaTeam Katusha+ 6'41
31Jonathan CastroviejoTinkoff-Saxo+ 7'01
32Alberto CecchinColombia+ 7'25
33Jack HaigOrica-GreenEDGE+ 8'09
34Christopher Juul-JensenKaikus.t.
35Leigh HowardOrica-GreenEDGE+ 8'32
36Jimmy RaibaudAg2r La Mondiale+ 9'29
37Liam BertazzoTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
38Patrick FacchiniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
39Elmar ReindersTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
40Aner EchegarayKaikus.t.
41Alexander EdmondsonOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
42Erlantz FeansKaikus.t.
43Ander ArranzTEAM Cepsa+ 10'27
44Sean De BieStella Artois+ 10'43
45Manuel SolaBurgos - BH+ 10'54
46Erik DrevikTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 11'37
47Jo√£o SilvaTeam Katusha+ 13'10
48Edwin √ĀvilaColombias.t.
49Jan DieterenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
50Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
51Angelo TulikAg2r La Mondiales.t.
52Marko KumpTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
53Guillaume Van KeirsbulckStella Artoiss.t.
54Eduard-Michael GrosuLotto Soudals.t.
55Carlos RibeiroTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
56Micka√ęl DelageAg2r La Mondiales.t.
57Yuma KoishiBurgos - BHs.t.
58Antonio DuboisColombias.t.
59Brayan RamírezBurgos - BHs.t.
60Robbie HuckerBurgos - BHs.t.
61Peter VelitsIberdrola+ 13'54
62Winner AnaconaIberdrolas.t.
63Haritz OrbeIberdrolas.t.
64Frederico FigueiredoIberdrolas.t.
65Cayetano SarmientoIberdrolas.t.
66Onur BalkanOrica-GreenEDGE+ 14'01
67Petr VakocIberdrola+ 14'15
68Steven TronetAg2r La Mondiales.t.
69Marco BenfattoColombias.t.
70Stefan K√ľngTinkoff-Saxos.t.
71Unai IparragirreKaikus.t.
72Aser EstévezIberdrolas.t.
73Domen NovakKaikus.t.
74Jes√ļs EzquerraKaikus.t.
75Juan Manuel PuntasIberdrolas.t.
76Fabien GrellierAg2r La Mondiale+ 14'29
77Jasper LindenberghTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 15'14
78Jelle DondersLotto Soudal+ 15'28
79Ga√ęl MalacarneAg2r La Mondiale+ 16'23
80Julien VermoteStella Artois+ 17'36
81Miguel MínguezKaiku+ 17'58
82Eloy RuizBurgos - BH+ 18'10
83Gregorio Iba√ĪezTinkoff-Saxo+ 18'17
84Jelle VanendertStella Artois+ 20'20
85Jesse KerrisonLotto Soudal+ 20'30
86Jasper De BuystLotto Soudal+ 20'40
87Oscar GattoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 20'54
88Ricardo van DongenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
89Flavien DassonvilleAg2r La Mondiales.t.
90Brenton JonesOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
91Peter LenderinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
92Johann Van ZylTEAM Cepsas.t.
93Andrés VigilBurgos - BHs.t.
94Boy Van PoppelTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 21'54
95Jarl SalomeinLotto Soudal+ 23'43
96Davy GunstTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 26'14
97Rafael VallsTinkoff-Saxo+ 26'19
98Etienne TortelierAg2r La Mondiale+ 26'27
99Christopher SuttonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 27'32
100Sven DarbyTeam Katusha+ 28'22
101Tim De TroyerLotto Soudal+ 28'35
102Javier Francisco AramendiaTeam Katusha+ 28'50
103Jos Van EmdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 30'05
104Julien SimonColombia+ 33'14
105Joaquím RodríguezTinkoff-Saxo+ 34'28
106Jon AberasturiTEAM Cepsa+ 34'30
107Michael VingerlingTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 37'11
108Stanley PuspanathanTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 40'16
109Kristof VandewalleStella Artois+ 41'28
110Bert De BackerStella Artois+ 50'05
111Jon Andoni Martínez RuizBurgos - BH+ 53'01
112José Joaquín Martínez GómezBurgos - BH+ 1h15'46

Points Classification

1Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo92
2Jasper De BuystLotto Soudal66
3Sean De BieStella Artois59
4Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois47
5Yukiya ArashiroTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton46

Mountain Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal47
2Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois38
3Eduardo SepulvedaTinkoff-Saxo35
4Miguel MínguezKaiku28
5Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo27


Young Riders Classification

1Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois18h01'51
2Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 33
3Edward RavasiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1'18
4Daniel Felipe MartinezColombia+ 1'18
5Marko DíazColombia+ 1'18

Team Classification

1Tinkoff-Saxo12h56'2454h09'05 (1)
2Colombias.t.+ 22 (2)
3Team Katusha+ 1'30+ 1'52 (3)
4TEAM Cepsa+ 7'03+ 7'25 (4)
5Team LottoNL - Jumbo+ 7'45+ 7'53 (5)

My best ever finish in the GC. My first KOM win in a long time. It felt good to climb onto the podium. Sagan was up to his old tricks again, winning the Points classification and finishing on the podium in the GC again. Speaking of Points, de Buyst remained second on that classification. A good comeback for me but I was already looking forward to the Vuelta...
Ian Butler
Hope he's not too disappointed with that Tour. It's not a bad debut, not super great either but hey - plenty of chances left Smile

nice to see him extend his contract!
Still very young with so many good years left, Nairo might turn out to be both a good inspiration and someone to learn from and it is just one season

Great race in Vuelta a Burgos
@Ian: Couldn't make a mark after a lot of talk from my side. A lot of it has to do with failing to live up to my own expectations. Gotta come back stronger, like you said.

@Tamijo: Thanks Smile
To be honest, the contract decision was taken in haste, almost in self-loathing, but it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise...
Vuelta a Espana

After the good result in Burgos, I was keen to make a similar mark in the Vuelta. Last year, I had performed exceedingly well in this race, managing a top 10 finish. I had high hopes once again. Hopefully, I would be in good condition after coming through a tiring Tour.

Stage 1 - 6

Stage 1


We were poor once again in the TTT. We finished 18th, losing almost one and a half minutes to the stage winners. Team Sky won and Wout Poels wore the Red Jersey.

Stage 2 saw three of my teammates fall on the descent of the last intermediate climb. Two of them recovered but Merlier lost so much time that he finished outside the time limit! I stayed with the pack till the base of the climb to the finish. I couldn't hang on to the front and lost time again. Arredondo was the new leader of the GC.

Stage 3 had cobbles was one of the favourites for the win. As it turned out, the cobbles did not play a major role and the stage came down to a bunch sprint among the fast men. Davide Cimolai took the stage win for us.

Stage 4


I hit the front of the pack on the first climb. Uran and Sergio Henao had escaped from the pack after the break was caught and I led the chase. Slowly, the pack made their way back to the two attackers on the final descent but it was just a bit late. They held on without any time gaps to take the first two positions. Uran was the new GC leader. I climbed up from 29th to 21st in the GC.

Stage 5 was a much milder stage with an uphill finish. I stayed out of trouble and sprinted to 10th place.

Stage 6


A tough stage with a lot of climbing in the first week of the Vuelta. The peloton was down to a hundred riders after the first climb itself. I had only three teammates left. The pace continued to be high till the strong break was caught on the fourth climb of the day. There were attacks on the base of the last climb but none could get away. I was dropped on the climb to the finish, losing eight minutes to stage winner Arredondo, who re-took the lead in the GC, yet finished 15th on the stage. I even moved up to 13th in the GC and was the new leader in the U25s. Our team was down to 6 riders as both Cimolai and Demoitte finished outside the time limit!

GC after Stage 6

1Julian ArredondoTinkoff-Saxo23h01'53
2Adam YatesAg2r La Mondiale+ 26
3Rigoberto Ur√°nStella Artois+ 1'47
4Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale+ 4'28
5Ilnur ZakarinTeam Sky+ 6'11
6Tony GallopinStella Artois+ 6'26
7Steven KruijswijkTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
8Carlos VeronaTeam Sky+ 6'42
9Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 7'04
10Joaquím RodríguezTinkoff-Saxo+ 10'39
13Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 12'15

To be continued...
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 26-06-2017 11:59
Stage 2: Darn losing a teammate this early
Stage 3: Always good with a GT stage win.
Stage 6: Getting closer, but losing to many teammates.
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