Froome suffers Vuelta setback in first mountain stage

Chris Froome

Chris Froome is hoping to complete a Tour de France and Vuelta double this year

Chris Froome’s hopes of winning the Vuelta a Espana have suffered a setback after the Briton lost 33 seconds to Nairo Quintana on stage eight.

Uzbekistan’s Sergey Lagutin won the stage after being part of an 11-man breakaway on the first mountain stage.

But Colombian Quintana attacked Team Sky’s Froome on the final climb of the 181.5km stage and seized the leader’s red jersey from Darwin Atapuma.

Froome is still third in the general classification, but is 27 seconds down.

The Briton is aiming to become the first man in 38 years to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season.

Quintana’s team-mate Alejandro Valverde finished alongside Froome and is in second place, 19 seconds behind.

“We have achieved our principal objective which was to get the leader’s jersey and take some seconds off our rivals,” Quintana said.

“We started with a lot of caution because we expected the attack from Froome, he attacked and we knew how to respond.”

Three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador is up to seventh after his late surge earned him 12 seconds over Valverde and Froome.

Stage eight result

1. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb/Katusha) 4hrs 9mins 30secs

2. Axel Domont (Fra/AG2R) +10secs

3. Perrig Quemeneur (Fra/Direct Energie) +17secs

4. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita/Lampre) +24secs

5. Pieter Serry (Bel/Etixx-Quick-Step) +40secs

6. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (SA/Dimension Data) +55secs

7. Scott Thwaites (GB/BORA) +1min 11secs

8. Gatis Smukulis (Lat/Astana) +1min 30secs

9. Jhonatan Restrepo (Col/Katusha) same time

10. Loic Chetout (Fra/Cofidis) +1min 44secs

General classification after stage eight:

1. Nairo Quintana (Colo/Movistar) 29hrs 55mins 54secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +19secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +27secs

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +57secs

5. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +1min 16secs

6. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +1min 39secs

7. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Movistar) +1min 44secs

8. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) +1min 46secs

9. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) same time

10. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +1min 47secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37206204

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