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Froome impresses as Dumoulin leads

Chris Froome produced a sensational climb to Sunday’s summit finish as Tom Dumoulin won stage nine on another intriguing day at the Vuelta a Espana.

Briton Froome looked set to win the stage after riding clear of his general classification rivals on a 3.5km ascent that featured gradients of 19%.

However, he was caught in the final 50 metres by Dumoulin, who regained the overall race lead from Esteban Chaves.

Team Sky’s Froome is now eighth overall, 78 seconds behind Dumoulin.

However, with the Dutchman not expected to be in contention when the 21-stage race reaches the high mountains, of more interest was the time Froome clawed back on his rivals for the overall win.

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, another of the race favourites, finished 18 seconds adrift and Froome now trails the Movistar rider by just one second.

The Tour de France winner also finished ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde, the 2009 champion, and he is just 21 and nine seconds respectively behind the Spanish pair.

After narrowly losing out to Dumoulin for the stage win, Froome said: “I’m gutted, I gave it everything.

“I thought I had it for a second there. But Dumoulin has shown incredible form in this race. He’s a young rider with a bright future ahead of him.

“The guys did a fantastic job for me today keeping myself, Nicolas Roche, Mikel Nieve and Sergio Henao – the four climbers – at the front of the race, and bringing us into the climb in a perfect position. So we’ve got them to thank for all the hard work they did.”

Colombia’s Chaves, who went into stage nine with a 10-second lead over Giant’s Dumoulin, finally cracked in the final couple of kilometres as first the Dutchman and then Froome attacked.

Dumoulin, who was race leader after five stages, holds a 57-second advantage over Rodriguez, with Chaves third, two seconds further back while Froome’s Team Sky team-mate Nicolas Roche of Ireland is fourth, 67 seconds adrift.

Britain’s Geraint Thomas spent most of the 168.3km (104.5-mile) race from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol, or ‘Summit of the Sun’, in the break, finally giving up when his group was caught at the bottom of the finishing climb.

Monday’s 10th stage is a 146.6km race from Valencia to Castellon.

Stage nine result:

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) 4hrs 09mins 55secs

2. Chris Froome (GB/ Team Sky) +02secs

3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/ Katusha) +05secs

4. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +16secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff – Saxo) +18secs

6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +20secs

7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) Same time

8. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky) +31secs

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +33secs

10. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team MTN) +34secs


15. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +59secs

General classification after stage nine:

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) 35hrs 22mins 13secs

2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) +57secs

3. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +59secs

4. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky) +1min 07secs

5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +1min 09secs

6. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +1min 13secs

7. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +1min 17secs

8. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +1min 18secs

9. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff – Saxo) +1min 47secs

10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +1min 52secs

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Four abandon as Froome avoids crash

Britain’s Chris Froome avoided a huge crash which caused four riders to abandon the Vuelta a Espana as Jasper Stuyven won stage eight in Murcia.

Kris Boeckmans is in an induced coma after suffering a concussion and facial fractures in the accident, which happened with around 50km left.

Tejay van Garderen, one of Froome’s main rivals, Ireland’s Dan Martin and Nacer Bouhanni also pulled out.

Froome finished with the favourites as Esteban Chaves retained the race lead.

Boeckmans’s Lotto-Soudal team said the Belgian was taken to a hospital in the southern region of Murcia.

They said the 28-year-old had suffered “severe facial trauma with several fractures” and “will probably need surgery”.

“Boeckmans also has a concussion, three broken ribs and had a bleeding in his lung,” the team added in a statement. “The doctors will now keep him in an induced coma for a few days.”

Thomas De Gendt

Boeckmans’ Lotto-Soudal team-mate Thomas De Gendt tweeted his reaction to the crash

Andre Greipel

German sprinter Andre Greipel sent his best wishes to Boeckmans

Colombian Chaves, who rides for Orica GreenEdge, was held up behind the crash but rejoined the main peloton and retained his 10-second lead over Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands.

Martin started the day in third, and his abandonment means Froome’s Team Sky team-mate Nicolas Roche is up to third overall, 36 seconds back.

Froome remains one minute 22 seconds behind Chaves and 33 seconds adrift of Alejandro Valverde, the highest placed rider chasing the overall victory.

Belgian Stuyven, who rides for Trek Factory Racing, won the sprint for the line at the end of the 182.5km race with Spain’s Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural) second and Frenchman Kevin Reza (FDJ) third.

Slovakian Peter Sagan, who had been among the favourites to win the stage, reacted angrily after his hopes were ended by a separate collision with one of the race organisers’ motorbikes around 10km from the finish.

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider gesticulated wildly, kicked his own bike and a motorbike, and then completed the stage more than five minutes behind the winner.

Sunday’s ninth of the 21 stages is a relatively flat 168km race from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol. Benitatxell – although there is a short but steep climb, featuring a 19% gradient, to the finish line.

Stage eight result:

1. Jasper Stuyven (Bel/Trek) 4hrs 06mins 05secs

2. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Caja Rural) Same time

3. Kevin Reza (Fra/FDJ)

4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita/Movistar)

5. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita/Team MTN)

6. Tosh Van der Sande (Bel/Lotto)

7. Julien Simon (Fra/Cofidis)

8. Pieter Serry (Bel/Etixx – Quick-Step)

9. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar)

10. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky)


26. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) Same time

General classification after stage eight:

1. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) 31hrs 12mins 18secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) +10secs

3. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky) +36secs

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +49secs

5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) +56secs

6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +57secs

7. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) Same time

8. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Katusha) +1min 18secs

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +1min 19secs

10. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 21secs


11. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +1min 22secs

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Froome loses time on summit finish

Britain’s Chris Froome lost time on his rivals on the first mountain test of the Vuelta a Espana.

Bert-Jan Lindeman won stage seven’s summit finish as Tour de France champion Froome lost ground in the last two kilometres of the 19km ascent of Alto de Capileira.

He finished 27 seconds behind his rivals, who include Nairo Quintana.

Froome now trails Colombian leader Esteban Chaves by 82 seconds.

Chaves, who had not been earmarked as one of the favourites pre-race, finished in a group that contained compatriot Quintana and Spanish favourites Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez.

They finished 36 seconds behind Dutchman Lindeman.

Team Sky’s Froome, who is aiming to become the third rider to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same year, had looked comfortable on the day’s big mountain climb, which featured gradients of 14% towards the summit.

But when he cracked, Italy’s Fabio Aru, another of the general classification contenders, immediately accelerated and finished seven seconds ahead of the group of favourites.

Chaves continues to lead Tom Dumoulin by 10 seconds, with Irish duo Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche 33 and 36 seconds back.

Valverde is the first of the big favourites, 49 seconds adrift of Chaves.

Stage eight is a flatter 182.5km from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia.

Stage seven result:

1. Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned/LottoNL) 5hrs 10mins 24secs

2. Ilia Koshevoy (Bel/Lampre) +09secs

3. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +29secs

4. Jerome Cousin (Fra/Europcar) +34secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff – Saxo) +36secs

6. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica)

7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)

8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar)

9. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team MTN)

10. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky)


17. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +1min 03secs

General classification after stage seven:

1. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) 27hrs 06mins 13secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) +10secs

3. Daniel Martin (Ire/Cannondale) +33secs

4. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky) +36secs

5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +49secs

6. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) +56secs

7. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +57secs

8. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana)

9. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Katusha) +1min 18secs

10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +1min 19secs


12. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) +1min 22secs

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Froome close as Chaves leads Vuelta

Britain’s Chris Froome remains in contention at the Vuelta a Espana after Esteban Chaves regained the overall race lead with victory on stage six.

Colombia’s Chaves attacked two kilometres from the finish in Sierra de Cazorla to win his second stage.

Froome, hoping to become the third rider to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same year, is seventh after finishing alongside his rivals.

Team Sky’s Froome came in 11 seconds behind Chaves and is 55 seconds back.

Froome remains two seconds ahead of Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, one of his main rivals for the overall victory.

He is six seconds adrift of fellow contender Alejandro Valverde of Spain and one second clear of Joaquim Rodriguez.

Chaves held off Ireland’s Dan Martin and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, to win the 200.5km stage by five seconds.

Dumoulin had

taken the leader’s red jersey on stage five

but is now second, 10 seconds adrift.

Stage six result:

1. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) – 4hrs 46mins 16secs

2. Daniel Martin (Ire/Garmin) +5secs

3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) Same time

4. Ruben Plaza (Spa/Merida) +11secs

5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) Same time

6. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha)

7. Chris Froome (GB/Sky)

8. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff-Saxo)

9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar)

10. Nicholas Roche (Ire/Sky)

General Classification after stage six:

1. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) – 21 hrs 55mins 17secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) +10secs

3. Daniel Martin (Ire/Cannondale) +33secs

4. Nicholas Roche (Ire/Sky) +36secs

5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +49secs

6. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Katusha) +51secs

7. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +55 secs

8. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) +56secs

9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +57secs

10. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +1min 08secs

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Dumoulin takes Vuelta a Espana lead

Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands became the new Vuelta a Espana leader after Wednesday’s fifth stage, won by Australian Caleb Ewan.

Ewan claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory by beating John Degenkolb and Peter Sagan in a sprint at the end of the 167.3km Rota-Alcala route.

Giant-Alpecin’s Dumoulin finished two seconds later in a pack for a one-second advantage over Esteban Chaves.

Britain’s Chris Froome was 12th and is 35 seconds behind overall.

The Team Sky rider is aiming to become the third rider to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year.

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who started as one of the favourites for the title, dropped to fifth overall, 29 seconds adrift of Dumoulin.

Stage five result:

1. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Orica)- three hours, 57 minutes and 28 seconds

2. John Degenkolb (Ger/Giant) Same time

3. Peter Sagan (Svk/Tinkoff – Saxo) Same time

4. Jempy Druecker (Lux/BMC Racing) Same time

5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar) +2secs

6. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita/Team MTN) +2secs

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +2secs

8. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Katusha) +2secs

9. Tosh Van der Sande (Bel/Lotto) +2secs

10. Nikolas Maes (Bel/Etixx – Quick-Step) +2secs

11. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel/LottoNL) +2secs

12. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +2secs

15. Tom Dumoulin (Ned)/Giant) +2secs

General classification after stage five:

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Giant) 17 hours, nine minutes, six seconds

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +1sec

3. Nicolas Roche (Ire/Team Sky) +16secs

4. Daniel Martin (Ire/Cannondale) +25secs

5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +29secs

6. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Katusha) +31secs

7. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +35 secs

8. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha) +36secs

9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +37secs

10. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +48secs

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