Contador wins final time trial to secure overall title at Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) put his rivals to the sword on the final stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco with a dominant ride in the 16.5-kilometre time trial. The Spaniard won the stage, finishing five seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with Sergio Henao (Team Sky) taking third at 18 seconds.

The win was enough to see Contador win the overall having started the stage six seconds down on Henao in the overall standings.

Contador took the overall win with Henao finishing second overall at 12 seconds and with Quintana moving onto the final step of the podium in third at 37 seconds back.

The win marked Contador’s fourth overall win the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, in what is widely expected to be his final season in the professional peloton.

“It’s unbelievable. I wasn’t really sure where my form was coming into this race but it’s right where it needs to be,” Contador said at the finish.

“It’s only a handful of seconds but it’s still a very special feeling to win here and I’m really happy with my victory.”

Contador’s form continues to impress. He won a stage and finished third overall in the Volta ao Algarve, before finishing second on the Tour of Catalunya and Paris-Nice.

For Henao there was no disgrace in losing, the Colombian was simply unable to hold his slim margin over Contador.

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was arguably the biggest loser of the day. He started the stage 10 seconds off the race lead but lost time at the first intermediate time check at 6.5km, and despite a demanding course with a large climb dominating the profile, the Frenchman was powerless to stop his main rivals. He even fell off the podium, thanks mainly to the blistering ride of Quintana, who rose from sixth to third overall. Had the Colombian not chose to change his bike from a road to a time trial machine for the latter part of the stage, he may have taken the stage.

Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) was another rider who impressed. The British climber led the stage before the main GC riders started and looked on course for an upset win until Quintana shot out from the start house.

The Colombian’s GC challenge looked over after he lost time on stage 5 but he rallied and put close to a minute into the main field by the time he reached the intermediate time check.

Only Contador, who looked the strongest he had looked all week, could better the Movistar leader as Pinot, Rodriguez and Mikel Landa all struggled with the main climb and its pitches that peaked out at 20 per cent.

There was no stopping Contador, however, who carried his momentum into the second half of the stage. Henao came back strongly on the descent and the final undulations before the line but it wasn’t enough. Contador sprinted out of the final few corners to take the win and his first stage race title since last June’s Route du Sud.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:29:13
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:05
3Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:00:18
4Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:53
5Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:01:04
6Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:01:09
7Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida0:01:16
8Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:01:21
10Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:26
11Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha0:01:29
12Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:01:31
13Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:33
15Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:01:37
16Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:43
17Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:50
19Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:52
20Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:53
22Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:55
23Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:56
24Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team0:01:58
25Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:59
27Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:03
28Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky0:02:11
29Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:02:13
30Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 29 - Cell 2
31Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:02:17
32Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:02:18
34Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 33 - Cell 2
35Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:02:20
36Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:30
37Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:32
38Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:02:33
39Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:02:40
40Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:42
41Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:02:43
42Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:46
43Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:02:52
44Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha0:02:58
45Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:06
46Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:09
48Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:10
49David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:03:11
50Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team0:03:13
51Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:14
52Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team0:03:16
53Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:18
54Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:03:19
55Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:21
57Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:23
58Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:25
59Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:37
60Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:03:38
61Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:03:40
62Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:42
63Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:46
64Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:47
65Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:03:52
67Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:03:55
68Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:03:58
69Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data0:04:01
70Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:04:02
71Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:06
72Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:07
73Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:04:12
76Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:18
77Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:22
78Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:27
79Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:04:32
81Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team0:04:35
82Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:36
83Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:04:40
84Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:41
85Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:04:44
86Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:04:45
87Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:48
88Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:49
89Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:56
90Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:59
91Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:29
92Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:31
93Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:05:42
94Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:44
95Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:47
96Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:05:48
97Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge0:06:26
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Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky1:31:45
2Team Katusha0:00:10
3Astana Pro Team0:00:57
4Tinkoff0:01:05
5Movistar Team0:01:07
6Lampre - Merida0:01:41
7FDJ0:02:12
8Cofidis Solutions Crèdits0:02:21
9Etixx - Quick Step0:02:43
10AG2R La Mondiale0:03:09
11Team LottoNL - Jumbo0:03:19
12Cannondale Pro Cycling Team0:03:31
13Trek-Segafredo0:03:39
14Team Dimension Data0:03:49
15Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:04:16
16BMC Racing Team0:04:36
17Lotto Soudal0:04:58
18Orica GreenEdge0:05:00
19Team Giant - Alpecin0:07:08
20IAM Cycling0:07:28
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Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team25pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Final classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team22:44:43
2Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:00:12
3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:37
4Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:01:13
5Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:22
6Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:01:29
7Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida0:02:19
8Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:02:47
9Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:02:52
10Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:14
11Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:15
12Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky0:03:19
13Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:03:22
14Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:30
15Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:43
16Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:04:04
17Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:33
18Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:04:39
19Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:05:57
20Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:07:03
21Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:32
22Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:09:44
23Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:10:53
24Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:12:46
25Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:13:18
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:13:35
27Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:14:07
28Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:14:52
29Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha0:15:03
30Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team0:16:15
31Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:16:41
32Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:17:10
33Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:18:36
34Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:18:37
35Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:18:39
36Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:19:26
37Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:20:51
38Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:21:27
39Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:21:32
40Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team0:21:50
41Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:03
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:22:04
43Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:22:34
44Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:23:14
45Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:24:12
46Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:24:13
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