Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome looks to increase lead in individual time trial stage 16



After two difficult stages in the mountains, Chris Froome increased his lead over his competitors. Vincenzo Nibali, who tried to escape in stage 15 but Team Sky and Froome were strong enough to catch him, trails 61 seconds going in today’s stage. While it is still possible for all the chasers to get the top of the overall standings, Stage 16 fits for Froome for it is an individual time trial.

A 40.2km time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logrono will be the challenge for the riders especially those in GC standings. Surely, this will be the determining stage for those riders who are just separated by few seconds. However, this is also the stage in which Froome will get the biggest time against contenders in the overall standings.

Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), in fourth overall, Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) are all strong time trialists and will be looking to gain seconds. Expect these riders to try to get as much time as possible. On the other hand, Fabio Aru, Esteban Chaves and Miguel Angel Lopez hope to battle it out and to just cut some of the losses.

In Stage 16, riders will have two minutes separation from start time, and Froome will be the last to leave.

Vuelta a Espana before stage 16 overall standings.

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 53hrs 48mins 06secs

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 01secs

3. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +2mins 08secs

4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +2mins 11secs

5. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +2mins 39secs

6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +2mins 51secs

7. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +3mins 24secs

8. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +3mins 26secs

9. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 59secs

10. Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +5mins 22 secs