Vuelta a Espana 2017

August 19 - September 10, Nimes, Nîmes, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hola and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana, a 40km time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logroño.  

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  1. 13:38:26 CEST

    The first rider to start the time trial is Connor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport).

     

    Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) will start last in just over fours hours.

     

    In between we'll have all the action and times from the stage. 

  2. 13:39:39 CEST

    There will be one-minute intervals between the riders with two-minutes separating the top-30 riders.

     

    Pre-stage favourite Rohan Dennis withdrew from the race along with BMC teammate Kilian Frankiny on the rest day and will not start.

     

     

     

  3. 13:39:51 CEST

    Of the non-GC riders, Svein Tuft (Orica-Scott), Tom Scully (Cannondale-Drapac), Yves Lampaert (QuickStep-Floors), Chad Haga (Team Sunweb), Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ), and Bob Jungels (QuickStep-Floors) will be early-riders to watch in the battle for the stage.

     

  4. 13:42:12 CEST

    For the full start list for the time trial, click here

    On the same page you can also listen to our rest day round-up podcast as we look back to the first two weeks of racing and the mountains that follow today's time trial.

     

  5. 13:49:08 CEST

    This morning Cyclingnews reporters Alasdair Fotheringham and Sadhbh O'Shea went out to study the course of the time trial and produced a special preview and video.

    Click here to see it.

  6. 13:50:13 CEST

    14 riders have already started, including Australia's Sam Bewley (Orica-Scott), who could be our early leader. 

     

  7. 13:56:17 CEST

    There are two intermediate time checks during the 40.2km TT: after 13km and after 27.9km.

  8. 13:57:18 CEST

    Dunne set a time of 16:55 but was soon bettered by Jelle Wallays (Lotto), who set 16:26. 

     

  9. 13:58:49 CEST

    In his preview, Alasdair Fotheringham described the stage as perfect for power time trialists because of the long, straight and general flat roads.

     

    "There aren’t any sections on motorways but the high percentage of flat or gently undulating, fairly well surfaced roads would have been perfect for Indurain and the power time trialists," he wrote.

     

  10. 13:59:56 CEST

    The TT has a rolling middle section, with Chris Froome describing as such during the second rest day: 

     

    “It’s quite a technical race track but once we get out onto the road it’s just a straight long road. 20 kilometres going up in steps and then pretty much 20 kilometres going down in steps. It’s fast, it’s very much a power time trial course. It’s not super technical.”

     

  11. 14:01:24 CEST

    25 riders have started so far, with Wallays still fastest after 13km in 16:26.

    Tom Scully (Cannondale) is second fastest in 16:43. 

     

  12. 14:03:27 CEST

    The course starts on the flat Navarre motor racing circuit and so teams have set up their buses in the pits of the circuit. 

     

    Team Sky has opened up their new motorhome structure, with riders able to warm up inside the air-conditioned environment. 

     

  13. 14:07:49 CEST

    New best intermediate time! Peter Koning of Aqua Blue Sport sets 15:26.

     

     

     

  14. 14:09:36 CEST

    The ABS riders are out to show themselves today, despite their recent problems after their bus was set on fire.

     

    Lasse Norman Hansen is second fastest at the 13km point in 15:56.

     

    They are the only two to go below 16 minutes so far.   

     

  15. 14:11:01 CEST

    Svein Tuft was expected to challenge today but the Orica-Scott team has confirmed he did not start. They have yet to explain why. 

     

  16. 14:13:31 CEST

    Connor Dunne reaches the second check point in 37:46. 

     

  17. 14:16:27 CEST

    As expected, Wallays is faster than Dunne, the Belgian sets 36:34 at the 27.9km point. 

     

  18. 14:18:54 CEST

    In the absence of Tuft, Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) is the expected early fast man.  

     

    The Belgian rider won his national time-trial championships in June and showed he is on form by winning stage 2 of the Vuelta in Gruissan and wearing the leader's red jersey for a day before Chris Froome (Team Sky) took control. 

     

  19. 14:19:47 CEST

    Indeed, Lampaert sets a time of 15:27 at the first check, just a second slower than Koning.

     

  20. 14:24:46 CEST

    Koning has confirmed he is on a good day by setting 34:59 after 27.9km. 

     

    He's the new best time so far.

     

  21. 14:27:07 CEST

    Hansen is the closest to his ABS teammate but he is 20 seconds slower.

     

  22. 14:29:57 CEST

    The stage 16 time trial should be a chance for Froome to cement his place in the red leader's jersey.

     

    The rolling course will allow the stronger time triallists to thrive while the others could give away a lot of time. Froome is among those likely to thrive, but he believes that there will be plenty of competition coming from his GC rivals.

     

     

     

  23. 14:30:16 CEST

    "There are quite a few time triallists here to contend with. Certainly, [Ilnur] Zakarin looks in very good shape, and [Wilco] Kelderman. Alberto Contador has done some very decent time trials this year, and this will be his last competitive time trial so I expect that he will pull out all the stops," Froome said on the rest day.

     

     

    "I think Vincenzo Nibali is not a bad time triallist himself. We've got a really good field here, and if I can gain any more time on my rivals then I'll be extremely happy."

     

  24. 14:31:26 CEST

    First finisher!

    Wallays is in and sets a time of 51:34. He is 1:20 faster than Connor Dunne of Aqua Blue Sport.

     

  25. 14:32:52 CEST

    53 riders have so far started and are out on the course. 

     

  26. 14:38:02 CEST

    New fastest time!

    Pete Koning comes home in 49:19. That's the new benchmark to beat. 

     

     

  27. 14:39:10 CEST

    He beats his Aqua Blue Sport teammate Lasse Norman Hansen by just 11 seconds to take the hot seat at the finish.

     

  28. 14:43:58 CEST

    Ian Stannard finishes with a time of 50:53, which is enough to put him third so far. 

     

    His information from out on the course will be vital for his Team Sky teammates. 

     

  29. 14:46:34 CEST

    This is a shot of Stannard during his ride. He's pretty aero for a big guy.  

     

     

  30. 14:47:50 CEST

    New best time! 

     

    Daniel Oss (BMC) sets 48:49. That's fast.

     

  31. 14:48:46 CEST

    Lampaert comes in and beats Koning too but he is 18 seconds slower than Oss, with a time of 49:07. 

     

  32. 14:55:54 CEST

    Oss started his ride steady but finished very strongly. 

    He was not fastest after 13km but then turned up the speed in the final part of the 40.2km course. 

     

  33. 14:56:57 CEST

    Like all the early starters, Oss raced in hot, windless conditions. The temperature will drop later but the wind could increase. 

     

  34. 14:58:51 CEST

    Alex Gougeard of AG2R could be a threat to Oss. The aggressive Frenchman has set a time of 34:46 ant the second time split, that's 11 seconds faster than Oss. 

     

  35. 15:02:15 CEST

    82 riders have so far started. We're half way through the start list.

     

  36. 15:04:28 CEST

    The riders are warming up in the pits of the Navarro racing circuit. Here's Matteo Trentin before his ride.

     

    He raced in the green jersey today.

     

  37. 15:06:08 CEST

    Oss rode at a speed of 49.4km/h. That meant he was one second faster than Gougeard, who has set 48:50.

     

  38. 15:07:14 CEST

    Simon Clarke (Cannondale) is the latest rider to roll down the ramp in the Navarro circuit. 

     

  39. 15:11:35 CEST

    Oss was happy with his ride. He's looking for a place in the BMC squad for the TTT world championships in Bergen.  

     

  40. 15:13:10 CEST

    "It’s pretty early in the day, so we’ll have to wait a lot to see what happens. I’m looking to be in good shape for the worlds, for the TTT. Today I had good legs to say I’m ready,” Oss said.  

     

  41. 15:13:58 CEST

    Oss confirmed there was a tail wind.

     

    “It’s never easy but it was really fast and the wind helps with the speed,” Oss concluded.

     

  42. 15:16:25 CEST

    This is the view of the start from the stands.

     

     

     

  43. 15:17:13 CEST

    The riders cover part of the circuit before heading out on the roads to Logroño.

     

  44. 15:18:52 CEST

    Lennard Kamna (Sunweb) has been let off the leash today. He sets a new fastest intermediate time of 34:40 and so could be a threat to Oss. 

     

  45. 15:19:40 CEST

    Kamna was only fifth fastest at the first time split but has found some extra speed.

     

  46. 15:24:19 CEST

    Here comes Trentin. He's fourth fastest at the finish, 23 seconds slower than Oss. 

     

  47. 15:27:04 CEST

    It's hot out there with temperatures close to 35C at the moment.

    Kreder takes a drink after his ride.

     

     

  48. 15:27:56 CEST

    Here comes Kamna!

     

  49. 15:28:23 CEST

    He is fastest in 48:30. 19 seconds faster than Oss. 

     

  50. 15:30:19 CEST

    Kamna has his right knee taped but is clearly on form. 

     

    The 20 year-old German is a neo-pro but was fourth in the U23 world TT championships in Qatar last year.

     

  51. 15:32:45 CEST

    Kamna grabbed his bidon for a drink after crossing the line. 

     

     

  52. 15:33:38 CEST

    Kamna will now head to the hot seat at the finish to replace Oss. 

     

  53. 15:35:23 CEST

    “It’s great to have best time and for sure I’m happy," Kamna said after his ride. 

     

  54. 15:36:25 CEST

    “Normally I didn’t want to go that hard but I started to overtake the first guy, started to push myself and so went full gas," he added.

     

  55. 15:37:33 CEST

    He was convinced the course suits his teammmate and team leader Wilco Kelderman.

     


    “I think its suits him good, it’s a good TT for him. I think there’s a little tailwind, so you can ride pretty fast,” Kemna said. 
     

     

  56. 15:41:33 CEST

    Bob Jungels has started. The Quick-Step Floors is one of the big favourites for the time trial today.

     

  57. 15:42:22 CEST

    He sweeps through the corners on the motor racing circuit and is quickly back into his aero position.

     

  58. 15:47:02 CEST

    Thomas Ludvigsson (FDJ) has started fast. He's set the best time after 13km with 15:23.

     

     

  59. 15:50:09 CEST

    Jungels has to overtake a race car on a narrow road. That shouldn't happen.

     

  60. 15:51:36 CEST

    Jungels catches and Marczynski, with the double stage winner giving him a cheeky thumbs-up.

     

     

  61. 15:53:56 CEST

    Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) is the Italian time trial champion and so will race in the red, white and green jersey today.

     

     

  62. 15:57:33 CEST

    Ludvigsson sets 34:21 after 27.9km. He is 19 seconds faster than Kamna. but can he hold his speed? 

     

  63. 15:59:25 CEST

    Jungels is on the mid-stage climbing sector. Yet he is able to remain in his aero tuck. impressive.

     

  64. 16:00:24 CEST

    Moscon is underway but seems to pacing his ride to save his strength for the final mountain stages.

    Moscon has been caught by LL Sanchez.

     

  65. 16:03:56 CEST

    The riders are following the white line down the centre of the road on the long straight sections. That allows them to tuck their head even lower and stay aero without losing sense of their position on the road.

     

  66. 16:06:58 CEST

    At the start the overall contenders are starting their warm up protocols. 

     

    Wout Poels is on the rollers and leader Chris Froome is expected to join him soon.

     

  67. 16:07:30 CEST

    Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) is already racing after slipping down the overall classification.

     

  68. 16:07:49 CEST

    Here comes Ludvigsson.

     

  69. 16:08:24 CEST

    He is fastest in a time of 48:07. He beat Kamna by 23 seconds. That's a great ride by the big Swede.

     

  70. 16:10:14 CEST

    Ludvigsson falls onto the floor as he gasps for his breath. He gave his all and he gets an applause from the crowd when he is confirmed as the fastest so far.

     

  71. 16:15:38 CEST

    Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) after his ride. 

     

     

  72. 16:17:26 CEST

    Romain Bardet (AG2R) is off as the big names start to race, now starting at two minutes intervals. 

     

  73. 16:20:22 CEST

    Tobias Ludvigsson (FDJ) has revealed the secret of his great ride.


    “After I did the recon, I asked the mechanic to put on a 58 tooth chainring. You can save energy that way when you push it but you also need good legs too,” he said.

     

  74. 16:21:51 CEST

    Crash for Bardet. He lost his bike on a tight early corner. 

     

     

  75. 16:22:45 CEST

    Despite his good ride, Ludvigsson was not confident about winning the stage.


    “I think Froome and Wilco Kelderman will be up there. It’ll be difficult for me,” he said.

     

  76. 16:25:15 CEST

    Froome is warming up in the leader's red jersey. Instead of hiding in the Sky hub structure, the front is open and the local are watching him and cheering him. 

     

  77. 16:26:31 CEST

    Here comes Jungels.

     

  78. 16:27:03 CEST

    He is fast but not fast enough.

     

  79. 16:27:51 CEST

    He sets 48:41, only good enough for third so far. He was 34 seconds slower than Ludvigsson. 

     

  80. 16:29:00 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) starts his ride. He could move up the GC with a good ride. 

     

  81. 16:35:00 CEST

    David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) has started. 

    These are the start list times for the final riders, with Froome last off.


    Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 16:34:00

    Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 16:36:00

    Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 16:38:00

    Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 16:40:00

    Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 16:42:00

    Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott 16:44:00

    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 16:46:00

    Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 16:48:00

    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 16:50:00

    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 16:52:00

     

  82. 16:36:27 CEST

     Alberto Contador is about to start. This his his final TT of his long career. 

  83. 16:37:22 CEST

    He anticipates the countdown and surges down the start ramp. 

     

    He is 3:59 down on Froome but could gain time on places on other rivals.

     

  84. 16:38:54 CEST

    Michael Woods (Cannondale) is next off. He's had an impressive Vuelta so far. 

     

  85. 16:40:43 CEST

    Contador is not holding back on the fast corners of the Navarro motor racing circuit.

     

  86. 16:42:21 CEST

    For now Ludvigsson remains fastest at the intermediate time checks and at the finish.

     

  87. 16:48:51 CEST

    Chris Froome is about to complete his warm up and start his TT.  

     

     

  88. 16:49:33 CEST

    Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) rolls away. Only Nibali and Froome left to start now.

     

  89. 16:49:55 CEST

    The Russian could gain time on Nibali and even Froome today. 

     

  90. 16:51:14 CEST

    Nibali is focused on the start ramp. 

     

    He hopes to lose just 30/40 seconds today but others have predicted a 1:30 loss for the Italian. 

     

    We'll find out in 50 minutes or so.

     

  91. 16:52:39 CEST

    Froome is off. He could double his race lead on Nibali today and so strengthen his grip on the leader's red jersey.

     

  92. 16:53:13 CEST

    Froome is quickly down into his aero tuck for the early kilometres on the Navarro motor racing circuit.

     

  93. 16:56:24 CEST

    Contador is flying! He sets 15:18 at the first intermediate pint after 13km. That's the fastest time so far!

     

  94. 16:57:29 CEST

    Nibali leaves the motor racing circuit but real time checks show him 7 seconds down on Froome already. 

     

  95. 17:00:17 CEST

    Nibali heads off the main road for the rolling climbs of the middle sector of the 40.2km TT.

     

  96. 17:01:14 CEST

    Froome is pushing a big gear while tucked low over his TT bike.

     

  97. 17:02:22 CEST

    Nibali has conceded that he will lose time today but insists the Vuelta is far from over. The final mountain stages begin tomorrow.  

     

  98. 17:04:25 CEST

    Wow Wilco! Kelderman is shown as 18 seconds faster than Contador after 13km.

     

  99. 17:07:17 CEST

    Zakarin is 16 slower than Kelderman at the same first split. 

     

  100. 17:07:54 CEST

    Kelderman is about to catch Chaves who started 2 minutes ahead of him.

     

  101. 17:08:14 CEST

    He blows past the little Colombian on a wide corner.

     

  102. 17:09:29 CEST

    Froome is 23 seconds slower after 13km. Interesting but still plenty to race in the 40.2km TT. 

     

  103. 17:11:49 CEST

    Contador fights on, setting 34:17 after 27.9km.

     

    That's 4 seconds faster than Ludvigsson.

     

     

  104. 17:13:50 CEST

    Froome is now only 11 seconds slower than Kelderman.

     

  105. 17:15:10 CEST

    Nibali is 16 slower than Froome despite staying in his aero tuck on a climb.

     

    Froome seems to be fighting to stay in his ideal position, often moving in the saddle. 

     

  106. 17:16:18 CEST

    Contador has set the same time of Ludvigsson after 27.9km. He seems to be fighting to push his big gear. 

     

  107. 17:17:17 CEST

    Aru is having a bad day. He's lost more than 1:30 to Ludvigsson already.  

     

  108. 17:17:58 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) finishes in 48:55. sixth fastest so far. That will help his GC hopes.

     

  109. 17:20:08 CEST

    The timing is struggling to keep up today but here comes Kelderman at 27.9km.

     

     

  110. 17:20:53 CEST

    He sets 33:50! He's 27 seconds faster than Contador.   

     

  111. 17:21:05 CEST

    Surely only Froome can beat him now. 

     

  112. 17:21:48 CEST

    Real time splits show Froome 11 seconds better than Kelderman. He seems to have paced his effort well. 

     

  113. 17:23:24 CEST

    34:09 for Zakarin. He's there but a bit off the pace of Kelderman and Froome.

     

  114. 17:24:13 CEST

    TV shows Poels setting 48:11, that's second fastest is correct. 

     

  115. 17:24:24 CEST

    Here comes Contador.

     

  116. 17:24:52 CEST

    He sets 47:59.82! Fastest!  

     

  117. 17:25:39 CEST

    Contador gave it his all in his final TT of his career. 

     

    But is it fast enough to win it? We'll find out soon.

     

  118. 17:26:14 CEST

    In theory Zakarin, Kelderman and Froome should beat him based on the intermediate times.

     

  119. 17:26:54 CEST

    Froome sets the new fastest time at the 27.9km point. He clocks 33:43. 

     

  120. 17:27:10 CEST

    That was 27 seconds faster than Contador! 

     

  121. 17:28:07 CEST

    Kelderman is pushing a huge gear and so moving across the road under the effort.

     

  122. 17:29:02 CEST

    Froome is also pushing a huge gear on the downhill roads.

     

  123. 17:29:48 CEST

    Michael Woods finishes in 50:40. He's going to slip down the GC and top 10 today. 

     

  124. 17:31:11 CEST

    Here comes Aru. He's going to lose two minutes to Contador. 

    Aru sets a time of 50:03.

     

  125. 17:31:54 CEST

    Contador could climb into the top 5 after his ride. 

     

  126. 17:32:34 CEST

    Here comes Lopez as he tries to earn time on his closest overall rivals. He sets 49:34. He beats Aru but loses time to others.

     

  127. 17:33:38 CEST

    Kelderman is in town and close to the finish but he seems to be fading. 

     

  128. 17:34:38 CEST

    Kelderman stops the clock in a time of 47:29.

     

    He beats Contador by 30 seconds. Great ride. What can Froome do?  

     

  129. 17:36:10 CEST

    Esteban Chaves suffers and finishes with 51:01. He lost 3:32 to Kelderman and so will slip down the GC. 

     

  130. 17:36:39 CEST

    Here comes Zak the knife. 

     

  131. 17:37:25 CEST

    He sets 47: 59, but betters Contador due to the 100ths of a second. 

     

  132. 17:38:13 CEST

    Froome also touches the barriers on a late corner. 

     

  133. 17:39:04 CEST

    Nibali finishes in a time of 47:57. Second fastest behind Kelderman.  

    He hold second place by a few seconds. 

     

  134. 17:39:29 CEST

    Only Froome left to finish now. Can he win the stage as well as extend his race lead? 

     

  135. 17:40:06 CEST

    He does. He sets a time of 47:00.

    He beats Kelderman by 29 seconds! 

     

  136. 17:41:09 CEST

    Froome smashed the TT. 

     

    He started steady but then pulled back his deficit on Kelderman and then gain time on the fast, final sector.

     

     

  137. 17:41:48 CEST

    Froome beat Kelderman by 29 seconds, with Nibali at 57, and Zakarin and Contador at 59 seconds.

     

  138. 17:42:34 CEST

    This is the top ten for the stage. 

     

    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:47:00
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:47:30
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:47:57
    4 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:47:59
    5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:48:00
    6 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ 0:48:08
    7 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:48:12
    8 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:48:31
    9 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:48:42
    10 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:48:50

     

  139. 17:43:45 CEST

    Froome now leads Nibali by over two minutes.

     

     

  140. 17:46:20 CEST

    Froome leads Nibali by exactly 1:58. Kelderman is third overall at 2:40,  with Zakarin fourth at 3:07 and Contador up to fifth at 4:58.  

     

  141. 17:47:56 CEST

    This is the new top ten overall. 

     

    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 62:53:25
    2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:58
    3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:40
    4 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:03:07
    5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:58
    6 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:05:25
    7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:06:27
    8 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:06:33
    9 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott 0:06:40
    10 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:07:06

     

  142. 17:49:57 CEST

    Kelderman sat on the floor after his huge effort.

     

     

  143. 17:50:31 CEST

    Froome was a lot fresher and celebrated with his support staff. 

     

  144. 17:53:48 CEST

    This Twitter photo shows exactly how happy Froome was after his win.

     

     

  145. 17:55:15 CEST

    There were a number of winners and losers in varying amounts today. 

     

    Froome was definitely the big winner. He gained time on all his rivals and pushed is lead on Nibali out to 1:58.  

     

  146. 17:59:34 CEST

    Nibali lost a chunk of time but perhaps less than many expected. That is a clear sign of his form and his determination to fight all the way to Madrid.

     

    Nibali is second at 1:58 but still leads Kelderman by 42 seconds, with Zakarin fourth at 1:09.

     

    Will he defend his second place or try to topple Froome in the mountains? 

      

     

  147. 18:03:26 CEST

    Kelderman gained time on Nibali and Zakarin and will  be buoyed by his TT despite losing time to Froome. 

    He could be an important partner in crime with Nibali.  

     

     

  148. 18:04:22 CEST

    Zakarin will be disappointed not to gain time on Nibali but will fight for a podium place all the way to Madrid. 

     

  149. 18:05:18 CEST

    Contador is fifth at 4:58 but cannot be ruled out. He seems back to his best and will surely try something in the days to come. He wants to go out on a high.

     

  150. 18:08:03 CEST

    After pulling on another red jersey, Froome spoke about his TT and his overall chances.

     

  151. 18:11:06 CEST

    "I was riding it at the speed I felt best. I wasn’t really getting many time checks from the car so I didn't really know where I was," Froome said.

     

    "I actually thought it wasn't good news, so I was worried half way through. But coming into the last six or seven kilometres, I found out I was on track to fight for the stage. It was a big relief."

     

  152. 18:15:02 CEST

    Froome thank the Team Sky support staff for their help. 

     

    "I’m super, super happy to be in this position. It’s an amazing feeling to extend my lead now and be in this position, with four days of big racing left now," he said.

     

    "I’m going to take it one day at a time but I want to say a massive thanks to the support team at Team Sky. It’s a huge part of being able to do what I’m able to do, having everything there to focus on the job at hand."  
     

     

  153. 18:17:35 CEST

    Froome is happy to have extended his lead but knows there are so nasty mountain stages to come, starting with stage 17 on Wednesday. 

     

    "I have a good buffer but the race isn’t over, so I’ll have to keep fighting every day and get one day closer to Madrid," he said.

     


    "Tomorrow is going to be absolutely brutal. Los Machucos, from what I can see, is a wall. It’s a big GC battle for sure." 
     

     

  154. 18:24:45 CEST

    Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) spoke briefly after the stage, hinting he will try to attack again. 

     

    "After my bad day in Andorra, things went different and I attacked when I wanted to. Now we come to four very hard days and we’ll do what we can do," he said.

     

  155. 18:28:09 CEST

    Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) faded during the final part of the time trial after a fast start but he was still happy, knowing his performance is a good gauge of his form for the final week.

     

    "My time trial was always good through the years. Now I’m in top form and top shape and I can see it in the time trial. I’m really happy with that," he said.

     
    "Now I hope to stay on this level and fight every day, not more than that I think."

     

  156. 18:30:16 CEST

    We have the first images from our photographers at the Vuelta. Here is Froome in action on the Navarro motor racing circuit.

     

     

    Chris Froome (Team Sky)

     

  157. 18:31:24 CEST

    This is a similar shot of Contador during his TT.

     

    Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

     

  158. 18:36:20 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) spoke about the wind that affected the time trial.

     

    "It was a real time trial, when you had to produce huge speed. But there was a lot of side winds and so it wasn’t easy. I kept moving on the road but it wasn’t easy to keep the speed high because we did some parts at almost 80km/h," he said.

     

  159. 18:38:18 CEST

    This is a great a front-on-shot of Froome during the time trial. 

     

    Chris Froome (Team Sky)

     

  160. 18:40:13 CEST

    Froome was congratulated on the podium by local resident and five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain.

     

    Chris Froome meets five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain

     

  161. 18:44:40 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali talked about the strong sidewinds and this shot shows him fighting to stay aero and produce power.

     

     

    Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) on stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana

     

  162. 18:47:21 CEST

    Froome pulled on the red leader's jersey yet again. 

     

    To read our full stage report on his time trial victory and to understand what it means for the overall classification, click here.

     

    Another day in red for Chris Froome (Team Sky)

     

  163. 18:55:10 CEST

    We also have the initial comments from television interviews with several riders at the finish of the time trial.

     

    Our reporters on the ground will have further interviews and analysis very soon.

     

    Click here to read what Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Wilco Kelderman and others said post stage.

     

     

     

  164. 19:03:20 CEST

    We're going to sign off with a final shot of Alberto Contador. He fought for the stage victory but was eventually beaten by Froome, Kelderman and Nibali.

     

    However he gained time on many others and so moved up fifth overall. He is no doubt hoping to finish on the final podium in Madrid.

     

    Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo)

     

  165. 19:05:23 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the Vuelta a Espana time trial. 

     

    We'll be back on Wednesday with full coverage of stage 17 from Villadiego to Los Machucos, with the mountain stage finishing with a steep final climb. We can expect more fireworks. 

     

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