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Gilbert edges stage victory as Quintana makes his Vuelta move

By Robert Jones

Philippe Gilbert won stage 17 at the Vuelta a Espana from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara yesterday.

The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider needed all of the 219.6km route to claim victory, just getting the better of Sam Bennett in the finishing straight.

Gilbert benefited from having his team-mates nearby after crosswinds had caused huge splits in the peloton, enabling him and his team to control the stage.

Race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) missed the decisive split, along with Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), which allowed Nairo Quintana to move up to second overall.

The Movistar rider finished five minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the quartet, while it was also a good day for Gilbert's team-mate James Knox as the 23-year-old Briton broke into the top 10.

The Vuelta continues today with the 177.5km stage from Comunidad de Madrid to Becerril de la Sierra.

Meanwhile, Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen collected his third win on the Tour of Britain with victory on stage five in the Wirral.

The Team Jumbo-Visma racer finished ahead of Great Britain's Matt Walls after a sprint finish.

Matteo Trentin secured third place and a time bonus, which put the Mitchelton-Scott rider back into the leader's green jersey.

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