Froome falls twice as lead cut at Spanish Vuelta

Rachel Hardy
September 3, 2017

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali took four seconds off the overall lead held by Britain's Chris Froome at the Vuelta a España today as Poland's Rafal Majka claimed a breakaway victory on stage 14's summit finish.

Italian Trentin counted on the support of his reliable Quick-Step team, who picked up their fifth stage win of the race and a 15th triumph overall in grand tours this season, five in each of La Vuelta, the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. "It's wonderful. I came in this race with confidence but I never expected something like this".

Tour de France champion Chris Froome maintained his lead after coming across seconds later with his other title rivals.

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This group was caught out by splits, causing riders such as David de la Cruz (QuickStep Floors), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Migel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) to lose a small amount of time.

Alberto Contador attempted a twin attack with Nibali in the final 3km to dart 10 seconds ahead of the red jersey group, but could not last and finished six seconds behind Froome, in seventh. I had good legs and Patrick Konrad did a really good job with me in the break. The Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) completes the provisional podium in 2 min.

Froome tumbled twice on the final descent to Antequera, allowing his closest challenger Vincenzo Nibali to gain 20 seconds and three-time victor Alberto Contador 42 seconds. The Italian took his third win of the Vuelta so far, tightening his claws into a Green Jersey that now looks very likely to be his when the field comes into Spain on the 10th September.

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