La Vuelta 20 - Cioni about Froome:"If he said he would go all out for the Vuelta and left out the Tour, it would make his life easier, but that's not what he wants."

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni:
"It was the last day possible to do something, and we approached it as a one-day race. 
The task was pretty ambitious, to take back 1 minute and 20 seconds on Quintana, but we agreed in the morning that everyone would do everything we could to do this.
So from the start we went flat out, just wanted to keep the race going and make it hard for Movistar to see if we could crack them, even if with the riders they've got, it's not easy. Having David López in the break was a point in our favour and we kept trying at every opportunity. With David, we chose to pull him back, just to make sure we had everything for Chris, rather than potentially going for the stage.
Froome has been able to back up what was a huge effort in yesterday's [Friday's] time trial with a big effort on the climb. But we've seen that he and Nairo were pretty much equal on the climbs here in the second part of the Vuelta.
It was a long climb, more than a hard one in terms of gradients. I think 15 years ago, this would have a been a hard finish, before they had the Angliru. But now you get much more difficult climbs in the Vuelta.
What did happen in Aramon-Formigal? You can take away a lot of things from there. There was awareness about the difficulty of the start, but maybe in the future the guys will understand why when you say it's a difficult start, that's what you mean.
I think the team is more used to defend than attack, and that maybe didn't help us there, because we look more at the ends of stages that the starts. But it's a mistake that we'll never make again. Three times second, it just shows he's a really big professional and you can't do that if you don't look after yourself 100 percent. Obviously if he said he would go all out for the Vuelta and left out the Tour, it would make his life easier, but that's not what he wants. Then if you add in the Olympics that makes things more complicated. Coming into the race, at that point, we would have maybe settled for second… Next year, with no Olympics in the middle, he can really target it. He'll be back."


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