General Classification: Froome in command ahead of Nibali and Zakarin.
Sidi claims 8 stage victories and all the jerseys.
The second week of the Vuelta a España wrapped up with two spectacular stages featuring uphill arrivals, first at Sierra de la Pandera on Saturday and then at Sierra Nevada on Sunday. On Monday the group will get their second rest day before heading into the “final sprint” towards Madrid, which still holds plenty of challenges and lots of excitement.
A glimpse at the general classification is all it takes to see that the absolute stars of the Vuelta are the champions from the Sidi squad. The first three spots in the rankings are held by Sidi champions and there are six Sidi riders in the Top10: “la roja”, the leader’s jersey, belongs to Chris Froome (Team Sky), who is in command ahead of Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), at 1.01”, and Russian Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), at 2.08”. Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) is in fifth place at 2.39”, followed by the Astana duo of Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez and Italian Fabio Aru, separated from Froome respectively by 2.51” and 3.24”.
In the 15 stages contested up until now, Sidi has scored 8 victories: Italian Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) scored a fantastic triple by making it into the select club of riders able to win stages in all three major stage races: the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta. Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) has also been exceptional, winning two climbing arrival stages in Calar Alto and Sierra Nevada. His team mate, Kazak Alexey Lutsenko also scored one for Astana. And the two big names in this Vuelta, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali, have also scored one stage victory each.
Astana Pro Team, Bahrain Merida and Katusha-Alpecin are the three Pro Team squadrons completely sponsored by Sidi, where all the riders use shoes by the company from Maser (Treviso). Dino Signori has supplied them with the Shot and Wire Carbon models, which are the top performers in Sidi’s road cycling collection.
All the jerseys in this Vuelta belong to Sidi. The red leader’s jersey, the green points classification jersey and the white combined jersey are all on the shoulders of Chris Froome, who seems more and more likely to be the true master of the 2017 Vuelta. The British rider from Team Sky is gunning for a historic double whammy: to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in the same year; previously only Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault have managed to pull off such a feat. The jersey for best climber belongs to Italian Davide Villella (Cannondale) and Astana Pro Team leads the team classification.
The Vuelta will be up and running again on Tuesday, September 5th, with stage number 16, an individual time trial covering 40.2 km.