Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome remains over three minutes behind Nairo Quintana

Chris Froome

Froome won the Tour de France and Olympic time-trial bronze earlier this year

Chris Froome remains over three minutes behind race leader Nairo Quintana in the Vuelta a Espana as Luxemburg’s Jean-Pierre Drucker won stage 16.

BMC’s Drucker out-sprinted German Rudiger Selig to win the 156.4km stage from Alcaniz to Peniscola.

Team Sky rider Froome finished in the peloton, alongside Quintana, and stays three minutes 37 seconds adrift.

A win for the Briton would give him the first Tour de France and Vuelta double in the same season for 38 years.

The race, the third Grand Tour of the season, has a rest day on Tuesday before resuming on Wednesday with five stages remaining.

Froome will expect to gain time on Colombian Quintana in Stage 19’s individual time trial on Friday, as he bids to win his first Vuelta a Espana.

Stage 16 result:

1. Jempy Drucker (Lux/BMC) 3hrs 21mins 18secs

2. Rudiger Selig (Ger/BORA) same time

3. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Giant)

4. Gianni Meersman (Bel/Etixx-Quick-Step)

5. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra/FDJ)

6. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel/IAM Cycling)

7. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita/Dimension Data)

8. Kiel Reijnen (US/Trek)

9. Tosh Van der Sande (Bel/Lotto)

10. Jhonatan Restrepo (Col/Katusha)

General Classification after Stage 16:

1. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) 64hrs 57mins 27secs

2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +3:37

3. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +3:57

4. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +4:02

5. Simon Yates (GB/Orica)+5:07

6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC) +6:12

7. Andrew Talansky (US/Cannondale) +6:43

8. Davide Formolo (Ita/Cannondale) +7:17

9. David De La Cruz (Spa/Etixx-Quick-Step)+7:23

10. Michele Scarponi (Ita/Astana) +7:39

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