UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes retains top 15 berth after Vuelta a España stage 17

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UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes finished 19th in a gruelling stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, maintaining his 14th position in the General Classification (GC) standings.

The stage victory went to Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) whilst Chris Froome (Team Sky) remains in the leader’s Red Jersey.

Commenting on the stage, South African Meintjes said: “It was a hard day, weather conditions weren’t great, there was a lot of wind at the start, and there was a really fast finale. My legs feel good and I’m really looking forward to the last few stages.”

At 169km, stage 18 starts in Suances and ends in Santo Toribio de Liébana. The route includes three back to back climbs including the Collada de Carmona, Collada de Ozalba and Collada de la Hoz. The last 2.5km of the route includes a short climb to the Santo Toribio de Liébana Monastery.

STAGE 17 RESULTS

1. Stefan Denifl (Austria) Aqua Blue Sport – 4:48:52
2. Alberto Contador (Spain) Trek – Segafredo – 0:28
3. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Pro Team – 01:04
19. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 02:05

GC STANDINGS

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 67:44:03
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:16
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 02:13
14. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 13:03

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UAE Team Emirates rider Louis Meintjes continues rise following stage 15 at Vuelta a Espana

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UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes continued his rise in the General Classification (GC), as the South African finished in the top 10 during stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Meintjes, who stuck with fellow GC contenders throughout the race and crossed the line in ninth place, now moves up to 14th position in the GC standings.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) took the stage victory following a breakaway on the final climb, for a solo finish. Chris Froome (Team Sky) continues to hold the red jersey.

UAE Team Emirates’ riders will have the chance to regain energy during Monday’s second rest day, before the final stages resume on Tuesday afternoon. Stage 16, an Individual Time Trial, starts in Circuito de Navarra in Los Arcos and runs 40.2km to the finish in Logroño.

STAGE 15 RESULTS

1. Miguel Ángel López (Colombia) Astana Pro Team – 3:34:51
2. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) Team Katusha – Alpecin – 00:36
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 00:45
9. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 00:53

GC Standings

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 62:06:25
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:01
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) Team Katusha – Alpecin – 02:08
14. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 09:02

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UAE Team Emirates' Rui Costa produces attacking display at stage 14 of the Vuelta

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Stage 14 of the Vuelta finished in Sierra de la Pandera with UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa crossing the finish line in 25th place.

The Portuguese rider showcased impressive attacking riding, where he spent much of the day riding as part the main breakaway, only to be surpassed 4km from the finish line.

Team-mate Louis Meintjes came in 21st resulting in him moving up one place in the General Classification (GC) standings to 15th place.

The stage victory went to Rafal Majka (BORA – Hanshgrohe) whilst Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the red jersey.

Commenting on the stage, UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa, said: “It was important that we had one person in the breakaway. It was a group of several riders in the front and we took advantage of that. We knew Majka was stronger than most of us in this kind of stage finish and his teammates did a great job in supporting him throughout. With regards to my performance, I am not back to my best form yet following the crash and I am hoping to have a good day during the last week and win a stage.”

Stage 15 is one of the shorter stages on this year’s Vuelta, spanning 129.5km from Alcalá la Real to Sierra Nevada.

The stage’s roads are based around Spain’s third highest mountain, the Pico de Veleta, with the riders climbing over 2,500m above sea level at certain points of today’s race.

STAGE 14 RESULTS

1. Rafal Majka (Poland) BORA – Hansgrohe – 4:42:10

2. Miguel Ángel López (Colombia) Astana Pro Team – 00:27

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 00:31

21. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 03:01

25. Rui Costa (Portugal) UAE Team Emirates – 5:33

GC STANDINGS

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 58:30:47

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 00:55

3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 02:17

15. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 08:56

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