Philippe Gilbert wins Vuelta a España stage 17 as crosswinds disrupt general classification

Echelons reared their head and tore the peloton apart on the flat stage

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) won stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, sprinting from a breakaway group that began the day as 47 riders and was whittled down to fewer than 20 by the finish line.

Second place went to Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) who made the jump with 400 metres left, only to be pipped to the win. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) took the final step on the podium.

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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.