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Canada’s Woods Stellar 7th on Stage 17 at Vuelta a Espana & Now 7th Overall + PHOTOS

by pedalmag.com
Michael Woods  ©  Cor Vos
September 06, 2017 (Los Machucos, Italy) – Canada’s Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) delivered another courageous ride finishing 7th on the dramatic 180.5km Stage 17, from Villadiego to the brutal hills of Los Machucos, to move into 7th overall as Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport took home a historic victory for his team in their grand tour debut.

Stefan Denifl  ©  Cor Vos
Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Trek-Segafredo attacked on the final climb for a stellar day finishing 2nd on the stage while Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida clawed back some time on Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky who struggled on the climbs placing 14th on the stage but still holds a commanding 1:16 lead over Nibali with Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb still third overall.

Alberto Contador  ©  Cor Vos
Chris Froome  ©  Cor Vos

Results (brief)
1. Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport 4:48:52
2. Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 0:28
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 1:04
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 1:13
8. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team 1:17
9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 1:19
10. David de la Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors 1:42

GC after Stage 17
1. Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky 67:44:03
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 1:16
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 2:13
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 2:25
5. Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 3:34
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 4:39
7. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 6:33
8. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 6:40
9. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 6:45
10. David de la Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors 0:10:10

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