Vuelta a Espana: Philippe Gilbert wins stage 17 as Nairo Quintana moves second

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As favorite Nairo Quintana transferred to second in the classification philippe Gilbert won point 17 of the Vuelta a Espana.
Gilbert was a part of a 40-man fracture which benefited from strong crosswinds to find clear of the peloton.
Irishman Sam Bennett made the leap to go but settled for second with Remi Cavagna thirdparty.
A fine day for Quintana watched him finish five minutes 19 seconds before pioneer Primoz Roglic to maneuver into second.
Quintana started in seven minutes sixth and 43 seconds down Roglic, but found himself with Dutchman Wilco Kelderman and the James Knox of Britain at the early fracture.
The Colombian moved ahead of Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde on Wednesday’s 219.6km point in Aranda de Duero into Guadalajara.
The performance of quintana today means he moves to 24 seconds of the Roglic of Team Jumbo-Visma and 2 minutes.
Wednesday’s race was the first following a rest day, with Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart since Jakob Fuglsang won stage 16 missing out on Monday to his first stage win in a Grand Tour.
Phase 18 on Thursday is a gigantic 177.5km journey by Colmenar Viejo into Becerril de la Sierra.
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) at 4hrs 20mins 15secs
2. Sam Bennett (Ire/Bora-Hansgrohe) at +2secs
3. Remi Cavagna (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) Same time
4. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain Merida)
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Subweb)
6. Jonas Koch (Ger/CCC)
7. Lawson Craddock (USA/EF Education First)
8. Tim Declercq (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
9. Silvan Dillier (Sui/AG2R La Mondiale)
10. James Knox (GB/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +6secs
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) at 66hrs 43mins 36secs
2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +2mins 24secs
3. Alejandro Valverde (Esp/Movistar) +2mins 48secs
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +3mins 42secs
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Esp/Astana) +3mins 59secs
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Sunweb) +5mins 5secs
7. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +7mins 40secs
8. James Knox (GB/Deceuninck – Quick Step) +8mins 3secs
9. Carl Hagen (Nor/Lotto Soudal)+10mins 43secs
10. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain Merida) +12mins 21secs
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