Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana deals body blow to Froome on stage 15

Short mountain stages often lend themselves to explosive racing, and stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana, won by Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep), saw race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) put Chris Froome (Team Sky) to the sword in spectacular fashion.

The Colombian jumped wholeheartedly on board when three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador, sixth overall, attacked and formed a 14-rider breakaway in the opening kilometres of the 118km stage to the Formigal summit finish.

Froome, who had had to chase through the early splits, was well and truly caught out, and, crucially, six of his teammates were left at the back of the race, unable to assist in the chase. Movistar kept the pressure on in the chase group to prevent the Sky domestiques coming back into the frame as a flustered Froome issued panicked messages to his race radio.

Quintana and Contador, who both had two teammates with them in the break, held a lead of two to three minutes across the two small climbs en route to the first-category Alto de Formigal, which was Vuelta’s first-ever summit finish back in 1972.

Quintana took command and jumped away with Contador and Brambilla, while things went from bad to worse for Froome in the chase as he was unable to respond when key riders began to attack – one of them Esteban Chaves, who gained another chunk of time today.

In the end, Quintana, who lost out in the sprint to a fresher Brambilla, put 2:37 into Froome, thanks in part to the six bonus seconds he collected for second place. He said he needed to increase his 54-second lead over Froome with the stage 19 time trial looming, and he will be more than satisfied with the new buffer of 3:37.

Froome, who cut a disconsolate figure as he crossed the line, is still in second place, but sees his chances of finally winning the Vuelta a España dealt a huge blow as he endured one of the worst Grand Tour days of his career. The Tour de France champion may now be looking over his shoulder, as opposed to up at Quintana, as Esteban Chaves stole away from the chase group on the final climb to gain nearly a minute and move to within 20 seconds of Froome overall.

Contador, who kicked off the hostilities, was rewarded with significant gains, moving up into fourth overall and five seconds off the podium, but was unable to move closer to the red jersey as he once again lost contact with Quintana and suffered badly in the final kilometres.

Leopold Konig was the big loser of the day as he missed the early splits and was forced to surrender his fifth place, eventually rolling in over 20 minutes down.

In fact, the gruppetto finished comfortably outside of the time cut, but with such a large group – 91 riders – race officials opted for a liberal application of the rulebook and will allow them all to continue in the race.

Watch the Vuelta a Espana stage 15 highlights video

How it unfolded

With such a short stage and a hilly parcours, an action-packed start to proceedings was expected, but no one would have predicted the drama that did unfold.

It was Brambilla who was first onto the front foot and the race was duly split to pieces. Froome was just coming to terms with it when Contador appeared at the head of the race and put the hammer down. It wasn’t a case of testing the water; he was committed, and gave it everything to open up a gap.

13 riders, including Quintana, managed to join him, and they were: Jonathan Castroviejo and Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Ivan Rovny and Yuri Trofimov (Tinkoff), Kenny Elissonde (FDJ), Fabio Felline (Trek - Segafredo), Matvey Mamykin (Katusha), Gianluca Brambilla and David de la Cruz (Etixx - QuickStep), Davide Formolo and Moreno Moser (Cannondale - Drapac) and Omar Fraile (Dimension Data).

The group quickly gained 20 seconds and the panic began to spread across Froome’s face, as he had just David Lopez and Salvatore Puccio for support. He spoke into his radio to try and get the rest of his teammates organised into a chase, but Movistar, through Alejandro Valverde and Imanol Erviti, supplied injections of pace to prevent a regrouping.

Puccio was soon unable to live with the pace and Froome was down to one teammate, though he did find some support in the form of Orica-BikeExchange – riding for Chaves and Simon Yates – and Astana, who did a surprising amount of work for ninth-placed Michele Scarponi.

Fraile took maximum points atop the third-category Alto de Petralba and the second-category Alto de Cotefablo to reduce the gap to Elissonde in the mountains classification, and the lead group collaborated well to sustain their advantage of around 2:30, while moments of disorganisation hampered the chase. By the foot of the Formigal, then, it was an exercise in damage limitation for Froome and Chaves.

Castroviejo, Trofimov and Rovny buried themselves for their leaders on the lower slopes of the Formigal before Quintana took command towards the top, the man with the most to gain doing all the work. Only Contador and Brambilla could keep up, though the former fell away in final couple of kilometres – eventually finishing sixth – while the Italian sat in the wheel and prepared to snatch the stage.

Lower down, though the chase group had started the climb just two minutes down thanks to Astana’s Andrey Zeits and Luis Leon Sanchez, it soon started to break up as riders made digs and then eased up.

That spelled trouble for the chase and for Froome, who was well and truly on the ropes as Movistar twisted the knife. With Valverde moving to the front and clearly in no hurry, Froome realised he had to try and take control, and when he pulled off in search of someone else to take it up, Valverde put in a stinging attack to force the Sky leader to get out of the saddle and sprint again, wiping out his respite and disrupting his rhythm.

Soon Froome began to lose ground, unable to hold the pace as more attacks went up the road. Chaves, who snuck clear towards the end of yesterday’s stage on the Aubisque, repeated the trick and salvaged his day by putting a good chunk of time into Froome.

The three-time Tour de France champion looked thoroughly miserable as he trudged over the line and swerved the media who were waiting to begin the inquest into one of the most dramatic Vuelta stages of recent history.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step2:54:30
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:03
3Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:25
4Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:00:28
5David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:31
6Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:00:34
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:53
8Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:16
9Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange0:01:53
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:59
11Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida0:02:10
12Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 11 - Cell 2
13Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:31
16Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data0:02:37
18Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:02:40
19Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:45
21Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange0:02:47
22Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:49
23Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 23 - Cell 2
25Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:00
26Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 25 - Cell 2
27George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:05
28Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:16
29Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 28 - Cell 2
30Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:24
31Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:38
32Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:05:13
33Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data0:05:53
34Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:06:10
35Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:12
36Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 40 - Cell 2
42Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 41 - Cell 2
43Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:07
44Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:15:41
45Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 46 - Cell 2
48Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:19:01
50Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 49 - Cell 2
51Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 55 - Cell 2
57Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 57 - Cell 2
59Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 59 - Cell 2
61Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 63 - Cell 2
65Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling0:21:12
71Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:24:48
72David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:41:32
73Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-BikeExchange0:46:54
74Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:53:54
75Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 75 - Cell 2
77Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 76 - Cell 2
78Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 77 - Cell 2
79Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team KatushaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 81 - Cell 2
83Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 82 - Cell 2
84José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18Row 83 - Cell 2
85Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 84 - Cell 2
86Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 85 - Cell 2
87José Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 87 - Cell 2
89Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 88 - Cell 2
90Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 91 - Cell 2
93Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 92 - Cell 2
94Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 93 - Cell 2
95Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 95 - Cell 2
97Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 97 - Cell 2
99Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 99 - Cell 2
101Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 100 - Cell 2
102Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 101 - Cell 2
103Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct EnergieRow 102 - Cell 2
104Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 103 - Cell 2
105Alberto Losada (Spa) Team KatushaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 107 - Cell 2
109Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
110Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 109 - Cell 2
111Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 111 - Cell 2
113Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 113 - Cell 2
115Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 115 - Cell 2
117Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 116 - Cell 2
118Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 118 - Cell 2
120Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 120 - Cell 2
122Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 122 - Cell 2
124François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 124 - Cell 2
126Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 125 - Cell 2
127Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 126 - Cell 2
128Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18Row 127 - Cell 2
129Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 128 - Cell 2
130Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Julien Morice (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 130 - Cell 2
132Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 131 - Cell 2
133Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 132 - Cell 2
134Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 133 - Cell 2
135Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 134 - Cell 2
136Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 135 - Cell 2
137Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 136 - Cell 2
138Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 137 - Cell 2
139Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - MeridaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 142 - Cell 2
144Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 143 - Cell 2
145Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJRow 144 - Cell 2
146Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - MeridaRow 145 - Cell 2
147Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 146 - Cell 2
148Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 147 - Cell 2
149Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 148 - Cell 2
150Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 149 - Cell 2
151Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 150 - Cell 2
152Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 152 - Cell 2
154Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 153 - Cell 2
155Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 154 - Cell 2
156Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 155 - Cell 2
157Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 156 - Cell 2
158Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 157 - Cell 2
159Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 158 - Cell 2
160Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 160 - Cell 2
162Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 161 - Cell 2
163Leopold Konig (Cze) Team SkyRow 162 - Cell 2
164Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 163 - Cell 2
DNSJacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 164 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Biescas, 90km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team4pts
2Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step25pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ14Row 3 - Cell 3
5David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Alto de Petralba, 41.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data3pts
2Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Alto de Cotefablo, 76.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data5pts
2Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Aramon Formigal, 118.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step10pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ2Row 3 - Cell 3
5David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step1Row 4 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team8:48:14
3Team Katusha0:02:19
4BMC Racing Team0:04:53
5AG2R La Mondiale0:10:53
6Etixx - Quick-Step0:11:28
7Tinkoff Team0:16:14
8Astana Pro Team0:17:32
11Lotto Soudal0:32:58
12Lampre - Merida0:35:28
13Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:36:42
14IAM Cycling0:37:22
15Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:55:15
16Dimension Data0:57:40
17Team Giant-Alpecin1:11:00
18Team Sky1:33:22
20Team LottoNl-Jumbo1:46:09
21Bora-Argon 182:02:05
22Direct Energie2:36:58
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General classification after stage 15
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team61:36:07
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:03:37
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:57
4Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:04:02
5Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange0:05:07
6Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:06:12
7Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:06:43
8Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:07:17
9David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:07:23
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:39
11Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:05
12George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:09:45
13Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:10:09
14Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:06
15Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:11:44
16Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:12:48
17Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha0:13:55
18Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:17:25
19Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:19:57
20Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:48
21Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:31:53
22Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:31:54
23Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:32:56
24Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:37:38
25Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:40:49
26Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:42:13
27Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:48:14
28Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida0:48:36
29Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:53:39
30Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:55:06
31Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:56:35
32Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky1:02:08
33Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data1:02:39
34Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team1:02:42
35Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:02:50
36Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1:04:28
37Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team1:07:44
38Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team1:10:42
39Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team1:12:28
40Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac1:12:39
41Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team1:16:52
42Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange1:17:00
43José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 181:17:03
44Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step1:17:41
45Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie1:22:20
46Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin1:22:39
47Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team1:22:47
48Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff Team1:24:07
49Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling1:25:26
50Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:26:40
51Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling1:29:00
52Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling1:29:40
53Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac1:34:42
54Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha1:35:20
55Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo1:36:18
56Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team1:37:04
57Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo1:44:50
58Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida1:46:36
59Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo1:50:20
60Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac1:50:28
61Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha1:50:30
62Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step1:54:52
63Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal1:58:59
64Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1:59:16
65Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange1:59:31
66Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data1:59:37
67Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2:03:17
68David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky2:06:45
69Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team2:14:02
70Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida2:14:06
71Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida2:14:12
72Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky2:21:39
73Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2:25:41
74Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin2:25:58
75Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal2:26:08
76Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ2:31:08
77Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac2:31:09
78Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha2:32:29
79Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling2:33:27
80Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 182:33:57
81Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie2:35:15
82Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida2:37:42
83Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie2:37:47
84Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team2:37:58
85Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:39:07
86Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 182:39:58
87Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team2:40:54
88Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin2:41:08
89Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal2:41:22
90Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team2:41:25
91Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal2:41:40
92François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:42:15
93Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team2:42:21
94Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac2:42:51
95Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha2:43:04
96Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data2:43:56
97Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2:44:19
98Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team2:44:49
99Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team2:44:58
100José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team2:45:12
101Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ2:46:19
102Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo2:46:46
103Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange2:46:59
104Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team2:48:36
105Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin2:49:56
106Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling2:50:49
107Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team2:52:56
108Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling2:54:55
109Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange2:58:04
110Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal2:58:07
111Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2:58:51
112Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step2:59:06
113Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ2:59:49
114Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - Merida3:00:28
115Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal3:01:12
116Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team3:04:58
117Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step3:05:58
118Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 183:08:13
119Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3:10:56
120Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step3:11:30
121Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo3:12:00
122Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3:15:11
123Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team3:15:31
124David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3:16:44
125Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 183:18:38
126Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky3:19:46
127Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky3:21:25
128Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team3:22:34
129Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal3:25:10
130Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin3:26:05
131Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky3:26:35
132Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha3:29:41
133Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin3:30:04
134Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3:33:05
135Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3:33:12
136Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo3:35:18
137Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3:37:59
138Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale3:40:10
139Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie3:43:10
140Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-BikeExchange3:43:48
141Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step3:45:42
142Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3:46:53
143Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange3:47:56
144Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha3:49:18
145Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling3:49:41
146Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3:49:48
147Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team3:52:28
148Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data3:54:43
149Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3:54:53
150Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida3:57:59
151Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida3:58:12
152Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie3:59:16
153Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ3:59:59
154Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step4:00:54
155Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie4:02:21
156Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4:03:45
157Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team4:05:53
158Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data4:05:55
159Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie4:06:29
160Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 159 - Cell 2
161Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 184:09:12
162Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 184:12:25
163Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-BikeExchange4:13:02
164Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin4:15:44
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Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team93pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team86Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo76Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team65Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky62Row 4 - Cell 3
6Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange54Row 5 - Cell 3
7Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ47Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team45Row 7 - Cell 3
9Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange45Row 8 - Cell 3
10David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step44Row 9 - Cell 3
11Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step39Row 10 - Cell 3
12Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step35Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale32Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange30Row 13 - Cell 3
15Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida25Row 14 - Cell 3
16Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team25Row 15 - Cell 3
17Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team25Row 16 - Cell 3
18Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha24Row 17 - Cell 3
19Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits24Row 18 - Cell 3
20Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo20Row 19 - Cell 3
21Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team20Row 20 - Cell 3
22Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team20Row 21 - Cell 3
23Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20Row 22 - Cell 3
24Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling20Row 23 - Cell 3
25Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team20Row 24 - Cell 3
26Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data18Row 25 - Cell 3
27Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac18Row 26 - Cell 3
28Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha16Row 27 - Cell 3
29Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team16Row 28 - Cell 3
30Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team16Row 29 - Cell 3
31Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac16Row 30 - Cell 3
32Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac15Row 31 - Cell 3
33George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo14Row 32 - Cell 3
34Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac14Row 33 - Cell 3
35Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team14Row 34 - Cell 3
36Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida14Row 35 - Cell 3
37Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal13Row 36 - Cell 3
38Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling12Row 37 - Cell 3
39Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team12Row 38 - Cell 3
40Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ11Row 39 - Cell 3
41Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac11Row 40 - Cell 3
42Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo10Row 41 - Cell 3
43Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step9Row 42 - Cell 3
44Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha8Row 43 - Cell 3
45Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida8Row 44 - Cell 3
46Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin8Row 45 - Cell 3
47Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7Row 46 - Cell 3
48Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team7Row 47 - Cell 3
49Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA7Row 48 - Cell 3
50Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data7Row 49 - Cell 3
51Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA6Row 50 - Cell 3
52Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team6Row 51 - Cell 3
53Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal4Row 52 - Cell 3
54Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling3Row 53 - Cell 3
55Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data3Row 54 - Cell 3
56Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha3Row 55 - Cell 3
57Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling2Row 56 - Cell 3
58Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team2Row 57 - Cell 3
59Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team2Row 58 - Cell 3
60Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1Row 59 - Cell 3
61Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 60 - Cell 3
62Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo1Row 61 - Cell 3
63Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 181Row 62 - Cell 3
64Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 63 - Cell 2 Row 63 - Cell 3
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Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ56pts
2Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data48Row 1 - Cell 3
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo30Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team27Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ25Row 4 - Cell 3
6Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha23Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha22Row 6 - Cell 3
8Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal19Row 7 - Cell 3
9Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step18Row 8 - Cell 3
10Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky16Row 9 - Cell 3
11Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15Row 10 - Cell 3
12David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky12Row 11 - Cell 3
13David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step9Row 12 - Cell 3
14George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo9Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling8Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 15 - Cell 3
17Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 16 - Cell 3
18Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team7Row 17 - Cell 3
19Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team6Row 18 - Cell 3
20Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie5Row 19 - Cell 3
21Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step5Row 20 - Cell 3
22Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling4Row 21 - Cell 3
23Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange4Row 22 - Cell 3
24Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo4Row 23 - Cell 3
25Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo4Row 24 - Cell 3
26Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling4Row 25 - Cell 3
27Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie4Row 26 - Cell 3
28Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha3Row 27 - Cell 3
29Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team3Row 28 - Cell 3
30Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team3Row 29 - Cell 3
31Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida3Row 30 - Cell 3
32Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 183Row 31 - Cell 3
33Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal3Row 32 - Cell 3
34Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo2Row 33 - Cell 3
35Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky2Row 34 - Cell 3
36Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky2Row 35 - Cell 3
37Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team2Row 36 - Cell 3
38Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 37 - Cell 3
39Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2Row 38 - Cell 3
40Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida2Row 39 - Cell 3
41Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac2Row 40 - Cell 3
42Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2Row 41 - Cell 3
43Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin2Row 42 - Cell 3
44Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie2Row 43 - Cell 3
45Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team1Row 44 - Cell 3
46Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 45 - Cell 3
47Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1Row 46 - Cell 3
48Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac1Row 47 - Cell 3
49Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team1Row 48 - Cell 3
50Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 49 - Cell 3
51Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo1Row 50 - Cell 3
52Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie1Row 51 - Cell 3
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Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team7pts
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ27Row 2 - Cell 3
4David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step32Row 3 - Cell 3
5Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange34Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team35Row 5 - Cell 3
7Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha41Row 6 - Cell 3
8Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step44Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale49Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team57Row 9 - Cell 3
11Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo57Row 10 - Cell 3
12George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo59Row 11 - Cell 3
13Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo78Row 12 - Cell 3
14Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team84Row 13 - Cell 3
15Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team85Row 14 - Cell 3
16Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale90Row 15 - Cell 3
17Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data94Row 16 - Cell 3
18Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team96Row 17 - Cell 3
19Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits98Row 18 - Cell 3
20Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo99Row 19 - Cell 3
21Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal109Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA111Row 21 - Cell 3
23Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha113Row 22 - Cell 3
24Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida117Row 23 - Cell 3
25Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team124Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team127Row 25 - Cell 3
27Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac128Row 26 - Cell 3
28Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky131Row 27 - Cell 3
29Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo144Row 28 - Cell 3
30Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling145Row 29 - Cell 3
31Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ146Row 30 - Cell 3
32Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida158Row 31 - Cell 3
33Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky164Row 32 - Cell 3
34Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac166Row 33 - Cell 3
35Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie167Row 34 - Cell 3
36David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky173Row 35 - Cell 3
37Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling175Row 36 - Cell 3
38Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18183Row 37 - Cell 3
39Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie183Row 38 - Cell 3
40Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits194Row 39 - Cell 3
41Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step207Row 40 - Cell 3
42Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team209Row 41 - Cell 3
43Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA211Row 42 - Cell 3
44Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha217Row 43 - Cell 3
45Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal220Row 44 - Cell 3
46Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal227Row 45 - Cell 3
47Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling229Row 46 - Cell 3
48Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin265Row 47 - Cell 3
49Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie284Row 48 - Cell 3
50Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie309Row 49 - Cell 3
51Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo335Row 50 - Cell 3
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team183:43:06
2Movistar Team0:24:20
4Team Katusha0:37:02
5Astana Pro Team0:38:25
6AG2R La Mondiale0:39:08
7Etixx - Quick-Step0:45:42
8IAM Cycling1:15:17
9Tinkoff Team1:16:48
11Lotto Soudal1:27:28
12Cofidis, Solutions Credits1:32:45
14Team Sky1:54:15
15Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2:49:11
16Lampre - Merida3:17:37
17Team LottoNl-Jumbo3:52:29
18Dimension Data4:03:37
19Bora-Argon 184:28:34
20Team Giant-Alpecin5:00:38
22Direct Energie5:18:25

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Patrick Fletcher
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2022 he has been Deputy Editor, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.