Bad weather delivers blow to Nicolas Roche and Esteban Chaves Vuelta hopes

Chaves sat second and Roche third before the start of the stage but both lost significant time to Chris Froome on the Vuelta a España's biggest summit finish yet

Nicolas Roche on stage 11 of the 2017 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The cold weather and rain certainly made a difference in the 2017 Vuelta a España's first high-mountain finish to Calar Alto on stage 11.

Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) slipped from second to third place, losing 2-05 minutes, and Irishman Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) went down from third to 11th, losing 4-17. Chris Froome (Sky) remains on top with the red jersey after 11 stages.

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