Esteban Chaves: 'When Quintana went past, all I felt was pain'

Orica-BikeExchange leader Esteban Chaves explains how he felt as he saw Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome speed past him in the finale of Vuelta a España stage 11

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Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), who tried with team-mate Simon Yates to break the Quintana/Froome stronghold at the Vuelta a España, says he felt nothing but pain when they flew by in stage 11 on Wednesday.

Chaves, fourth overall, fired up the road with 1.7 kilometres remaining on the Peña Cabarga summit finish in northern Spain. Nairo Quintana responded at 700 metres, Sky's Chris Froome marked him and together, they blew by Chaves. Froome won the stage and put 29 seconds on Chaves.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.