Dennis Wins Time Trial As Yates Extends Tour Of Spain Lead
Madrid, Sept 11 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 11th Sep, 2018 ) :Australian Rohan Dennis, of BMC, time-trialled to victory on stage 16 of the Tour of Spain on Tuesday as Britain's Simon Yates increased his overall lead on rival Alejandro Valverde.
Former individual pursuit specialist Dennis clocked 37min 57sec to win the stage, held on a rolling, 32km course between Santillana del Mar and Torrelavega.
"I'm happy with my result, I know I extended my lead, so as far as I'm concerned it's a very good ride," Yates said.
"I was quite conservative at the beginning and then gave whatever I had left so it was a good day, but we have a long way to go.
" While Yates finished 1:28 behind Dennis, red jersey rival Steven Kruijswijk moved back into contention for overall victory by finishing fourth, 51sec behind the Australian.
The Dutchman, who rides for Lotto-NL, has moved up to third overall at 1:15, ahead of Colombian duo Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
Quintana conceded 1:19 to Kruijswijk and 42secs to Yates, meaning he drops to fourth overall, 1:15 adrift of the lead.
"I defended myself quite well, considering my abilities," said Quintana, who excels on steep climbs.
"But I knew I was going to give up time. The mountain stages start tomorrow (Wednesday), it will be a key day so let's see what happens."Dennis's teammate Joseph Rosskopf and Team Sky's Jonathan Castroviejo were second and third fastest respectively in the time trial, with each still 50 seconds behind the frontrunner.
The race continues on Wednesday with stage 17, a 157km ride between Getxo and Balcon de Bizkaia.