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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome extends lead as Lopez wins stage 11

Miguel Angel Lopez

Wednesday’s win was the biggest of Miguel Angel Lopez’s career to date

Britain’s Chris Froome extended his lead in the Vuelta a Espana as Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez claimed a solo victory on stage 11.

Team Sky’s Froome was second on the mountainous stage which finished in the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia.

The four-time Tour de France winner was 14 seconds behind Lopez and now leads the race by one minute and 19 seconds.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was beaten to the line by Froome, but moved up to second in the general classification.

Former winner Nibali accelerated on the final climb of the 187.5km stage, but Froome – bidding to become the first British winner of the third of cycling’s three grand tours – bridged the gap.

Astana rider Lopez surged with 2km to go and Froome was content to allow him to push on for the stage win.

Orica-Scott rider Esteban Chaves had started the stage in second, 36 seconds behind Froome, but the Colombian finished 17th, losing more than two minutes on the day to slip to third.

If Froome wins, he will become only the third man after French duo of Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault to have won both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in the same season.

“I’m very happy with the outcome today,” said Froome, 32. “I think it was a very selective day for the general classification, and to finish second, I couldn’t have asked for much more than that other than a stage victory.

“When Lopez went, he was extremely strong and at the top, I figured for me the most important thing was going to be to follow Vincenzo and to stay with the real favourites.”

Thursday’s stage 12 sees the race stay in the Sierra Nevada, with a 160.1km route from Motril to Antequera.

  • Results and stage-by-stage guide

Thomas returns for Tour of Britain

Froome’s team-mate Geraint Thomas has been named in strong Team Sky outfit for this weekend’s Tour of Britain, after recovering from a fractured collarbone that ended his Tour de France.

The Welshman has had an injury hit season; he wore the yellow jersey for the first time at the Tour de France having won the opening time trial in Dusseldorf, but the 31-year-old’s race ended on stage nine when he was caught up in a crash on the Col de la Biche descent.

He also had to abandon this year’s Giro d’Italia after a crash involving a police motorbike.

Fellow Welshman Owain Doull, Italian Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani, former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland, who triumphed at this year’s Milan-San Remo classic in March, and former world time-trial champion Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus are also in the six-rider line-up.

The race begins on Sunday in Edinburgh, ending in Cardiff on 10 September.

Vuelta stage 11 results

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) 5hrs 05mins 09secs

2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +14 secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time

4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) Same time

5. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +31secs

6. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) Same time

7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) Same time

8. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Team Sky) Same time

9. Darwin Atapuma (Col/UAE Team Emirates) +1mins 02secs

10. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1mins 14secs

General classification

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 45hrs 18min 01secs

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1mins 19secs

3. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +2mins 33secs

4. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +2mins 36secs

5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +2mins 37secs

6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +2mins 38secs

7. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +2mins 57secs

8. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +3mins 01secs

9. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 55secs

10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +4mins 11secs

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Froome retains Vuelta lead as Trentin wins stage 10

Chris Froome

Froome is looking to become the first man to achieve a Tour de France-Vuelta double in 39 years

Britain’s Chris Froome maintained his lead in the Vuelta a Espana as Italy’s Matteo Trentin won stage 10.

Trentin pulled clear of a 15-man breakaway to beat Jose Joaquin Rojas and Jaime Roson Garcia on the 164.8km ride from Caravaca to Alhama de Murcia.

The Quick-Step Floors rider has now won two stages of this year’s Vuelta.

Froome retained his 36-second lead over Colombian Esteban Chaves, but Ireland’s Nicolas Roche made up time and is now level with Chaves in second overall.

Having won his fourth Tour de France title earlier this year, Team Sky’s Froome is looking to become the first man to achieve a Tour-Vuelta double in 39 years.

Trentin powered past Rojas to win the rain-hit stage, which ended with a thrilling descent of the Collado Bermejo.

“I really wanted it. I was thinking about this stage for a while because the climb was hard, but it was a steady grind,” Trentin said.

“It was something that I can handle pretty well. I knew the downhill was really technical. For me it was good having Rojas in the front group because he was really, really good going down. I could just follow him.”

Wednesday’s stage takes the riders 187.5km from Lorca to Observatorio Astronomico de Calar Alto.

  • La Vuelta: Stage-by-stage guide

Stage 10 result

1 Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step Floors) 3hrs 34mins 56secs

2 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar) +1sec

3 Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa/Caja Rural) +19secs

4 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (SA/Dimension Data) +21secs

5 Alexandre Geniez (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +56secs

6 Marc Soler Gimenez (Spa/Movistar) +59secs

7 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) +2mins 22secs

8 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita/BMC) Same time

9 Arnaud Courteille (Fra/FDJ) +2mins 40secs

10 Rafael Reis (Por/Caja Rural) +3mins 5secs

Overall standings after stage 10

1 Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 40hrs 12mins 44secs

2 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col/Orica-Scott) +36secs

3 Nicolas Roche (Irl/BMC Racing Team) Same time

4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 17secs

5 Tejay van Garderen (USA/BMC) +1 min 27secs

6 David de la Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 30secs

7 Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro) +1min 33secs

8 Michael Woods (Can/ Cannondale-Drapac) +1min 52secs

9 Adam Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +1min 55secs

10 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +2mins 15secs

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Vuelta a Espana 2017: Warren Barguil ejected by Team Sunweb

Warren Barguil

Barguil won stages 13 and 18 of the Tour de France on his way to winning the polka dot jersey

Tour de France King of the Mountains winner Warren Barguil has been thrown out of the Vuelta a Espana by his team for refusing to obey orders.

The Frenchman, 13th after seven stages, was one place ahead of Team Sunweb’s designated team leader Wilco Kelderman.

Dutchman Kelderman lost 17 seconds on Friday’s stage after he had a puncture and Barguil failed to help him.

Team Sunweb said they had “no option” after Barguil “openly expressed he didn’t wish to conform to team goals”.

Barguil, 25, said: “I have to leave the Vuelta by the decision of the team. I feel very well and have good legs.

“I see myself in a different role and am eager to attack in the mountains, as I did in the Tour.

“The Vuelta is a great race and it is disappointing to leave but this is a decision from the team that I need to accept.”

Barguil, who is leaving Sunweb at the end of the season to join French team Fortuneo-Oscaro, will continue with his scheduled race programme for the German-based team after the Vuelta.

Britain’s Chris Froome leads the three-week race, which continues on Saturday with stage eight’s hilly 199km race from Hellin to Xorret de Cati.

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Froome wins stage nine to extend Vuelta lead

Chris Froome

Chris Froome was unfazed by the competition as he extended his lead on stage nine

Britain’s Chris Froome has extended his lead in the Vuelta a Espana after winning stage nine.

Froome, leading by 28 seconds at the start of the day, attacked with 500 metres to go and held off Esteban Chaves to win in 4hrs 7mins 13secs.

The four-time Tour de France winner now has a 36-second lead over Colombia’s Chaves, who rides for Orica-Scott.

The Team Sky rider is looking to become the first man to achieve a Tour-Vuelta double in 39 years.

Only French greats Jacques Anquetil in 1963 and Bernard Hinault in 1978 have previously won both races in the same year.

Froome’s win on the 174km stage from Orihuela to Benitachell sees him open a significant advantage over the rest of his general classification rivals.

Behind second-placed Chaves, Ireland’s Nicolas Roche has fallen 65 seconds back, while Vincenzo Nibali is now 1min 17secs behind and Fabio Aru a further 16 seconds back.

Froome attacked with 500 metres to go of the steeply uphill finish and looked to have built a decisive gap, only for Chaves to dig deep and get back onto Froome’s back wheel.

However, Froome was able to accelerate again and pulled clear to win by four seconds and extend his lead over Chaves in the general classification to 36 seconds.

After the last survivor of an initial 10-man breakaway was finally caught by the peloton with six kilometres remaining, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) twice tried to escape from the bunch on the final climb.

But Froome refused to panic and sat calmly behind team-mate Mikel Nieve at the front of the group containing the title contenders, none of whom were able to overtake.


Britain’s Chris Froome is looking to become the first man to achieve a Tour de France-Vuelta double since 1978.

The four-time Tour de France winner eventually hit the front with 500 metres remaining and was able to respond when Chaves briefly caught him with 200 metres to go to maintain a firm grip on the leader’s red jersey.

“I put everything I had into that last couple of hundred metres,” Froome said after his first stage win of 2017.

“I was determined that they weren’t going to catch me.

“I’m really, really happy to get the victory. The team did a brilliant job on that final climb and set such a good tempo.

“After a week we couldn’t have asked to be in a better position. It’s been a fantastic start to the Vuelta. The legs are feeling great. I’ve been to the Vuelta so many times, trying to target this race, and so far it feels like everything is going really well.”

Monday is a rest day before stage 10 sees the riders tackle the 164.8km from Caravaca to El Pozo.

La Vuelta: Stage-by-stage guide

Stage nine results

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 4hrs 07mins 13secs

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +4secs

3. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +5secs

4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +8secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) Same time

6. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +12secs

7. David de la Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) Same time

8. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb)

9. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing Team) +14secs

10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time

Overall standings after stage nine

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 36hrs 33mins 16secs

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +36secs

3. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing Team) +1min 05secs

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 17secs

5. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team) +1min 27secs

6. David de la Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 30secs

7. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +1min 33secs

8. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +1min 52secs

9. Adam Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +1min 55secs

10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +2mins 15secs

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Froome goes 28 seconds clear in Vuelta as Alaphilippe takes stage win

Chris Froome

Froome is aiming to become the third man to win the Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year

Britain’s Chris Froome extended his lead at the Vuelta a Espana as France’s Julian Alaphilippe took victory on the 199km stage eight.

Froome, 11 seconds in front at the start of the day, attacked his rivals late in the day on a testing climb prior to a steep descent.

Colombia’s Esteban Chaves could not keep pace and lost 17 more seconds.

Alaphilippe came out on top in a three-way sprint as he claimed his first Grand Tour stage win.

“It’s incredible. I didn’t expect I would win the stage,” he said after holding off Jan Polanc and Rafal Majka.

Froome, who is aiming to become the third man to win the Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year, was one minute 27 seconds behind Alaphilippe as he finished 14th on the stage.

Only home favourite Alberto Contador could stick with him on the steep gradients and the pair were 15 seconds ahead of the other general classification contenders.

  • La Vuelta: Stage-by-stage guide
  • GB’s Thomas to return at Tour of Britain

Stage eight results:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) 4:37:55

2. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +2secs

3. Rafal Majka (Pol/BORA-hansgrohe) +2secs

4. Serge Pauwels (Bel/Team Dimension Data) +26secs

5. Nelson Oliveira (Por/Movistar Team) +28secs

6. Michel Kreder (Ned/Aqua Blue Sport) +32secs

7. Maxime Monfort (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +32secs

8. Bart De Clercq (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +34secs

9. Alberto Losada (Spa/Katusha-Alpecin) +37secs

10. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/BORA-hansgrohe) +1:04

Overall standings after stage eight:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 27:46:51

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +28secs

3. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC) +41secs

4. Vicenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +53secs

5. Tejay Van Garderen (US/BMC)+58secs

6. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +1:06

7. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1:08

8. Adam Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +1:18secs

9. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale) +1:41

10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +1:57

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