Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins have used the Vuelta a Espana’s second rest day as an opportunity to reflect on what happened on the Angliru, get some welcome recovery time. The third part of the Tour of Spain starts tomorrow, but thinking about that is not their top priority.

The climb was so steep, Froome revealed, that they used 38×32 “because it was assymetric gearing, and they could definitely have been a bit smaller for me.”

“But even when you hit those gradients, over 23 percent, it didn’t feel that easy. We made the most of what we had, but a little bit more gearing and energy in the legs would have been good.”

Neither he nor Wiggins had had a chance to look at the climb beforehand, “so that was a first. But the guys were definitely talking about that in the peloton. We all knew it would be the big climb of the Vuelta.”

Froome got a little blocked in on the climb by motorbikes, but as he put it “it’s hard for the bikes, I imagine, to keep upright at five kilometres an hour.” Wiggins had a more difficult time, with a flag wrapping round his gear lever and threatening to pull him over. Fortunately, it didn’t.

Looking back on their performance, Froome said “barring Cobo [stage winner and race leader] who rode oustandingly, it was actually a good day for us. We put time into all of the other gc riders.”

“We knew Cobo was one of the biggest threats for us after the previous stage, we knew he was gong to try to make up time.”

But to be honest, when he went, I thought even now we’d just try and pace him back slowly, but it didn’t happen he kept on putting more and more time into us.”

“We’ve been looking forward to the rest day, it’s been a brutal race, and I don’t think many of us have thought of the future in much detail,” Wiggins added.

“You have to remind yourself that there’s still six stages to go, and there’s still some tough stages, the gaps are minimal.”

“Today it’s been the last thing on our minds, we’re just enjoying riding relaxed and making the most of it.”

“Once we really start thinking about it, we’ll see there are opportunities.”

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Stage 15: Wiggins loses race lead as Cobo stakes claim for overall on Angliru

Stage 14: Taaramae takes stage as Wiggins puts time into rivals

Stage 13: Albasini wins Vuelta stage 13 as Wiggins hangs on to lead

Stage 12: Sagan takes second 2011 Vuelta stage win

Stage 11: Wiggins takes overall lead as Moncoutie wins stage

Stage 10: Brit Froome moves into overall Vuelta lead after time trial

Stage nine: Martin wins as Wiggins moves further up GC

Stage eight: Rodriguez wins again to take overall lead

Stage seven: Kittel wins chaotic bunch sprint

Stage six: Sagan takes Vuelta stage win in controversial circumstances

Stage five: Rodriguez takes second win for Katusha but Chavanel holds on

Stage four: Moreno wins first mountain skirmish at Sierra Nevada

Stage three: Lastras solos to stage and takes red jersey

Stage two: Sutton grabs stage win to set things right for Sky

Stage one: Leopard-Trek win opening TTT to put Fuglsang in front

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  • Colnago Dave

    Can’t help wondering how a virtually unknown rider who rode for one of the most dope implicated teams suddenly rides like ‘The Cobra”.
    I sincerely hope I am wrong But !!!!!

  • arronski

    Pressure’s off now no more defending the jersey, pressures now on Geox shoulders… thing for it attack the pack and get those time bonuses….and go all out for a stage win, surely the Basque stages will suite Wiggo and Froome better……best of British Guys !!