Strava files show why stage 17 of the Vuelta a España will 'live on in infamy'

Lawson Craddock's near 50km/h hour ride has already been flagged

Riders have shared data following stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, where crosswinds allowed a break of 47 riders to go up the road, later aided by a strong tailwind and a heavy presence from a motivated Deceuninck–Quick-Step.

The lead group contained six riders from the Belgian team, and averaged 50.6 kilometres per hour over the 219km stage, with winner Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) reportedly spinning out in the 54x11.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.