Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome stays second after stage 12

Chris Froome

Froome won the Tour de France and an Olympic bronze medal earlier this year

Britain’s Chris Froome remains second in the Vuelta a Espana after Belgian Jens Keukeleire won stage 12.

Team Sky’s Froome finished on the same time as general classification leader Nairo Quintana and stays 54 seconds behind the Colombian.

Keukeleire won a sprint finish in the 193.2km stage from Los Corrales de Buelna to Bilbao, with Maxime Bouet second and Fabio Felline third.

Froome won Wednesday’s stage 11 to move into second place in the 21-stage race.

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

Stage 11 result:

1. Jens Keukeleire (Bel/Orica) 4 hrs 31mins 43secs

2. Maxime Bouet (Fra/Etixx-Quick-Step) Same time

3. Fabio Felline (Ita/Trek)

4. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita/Dimension Data)

5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana)

6. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Caja Rural)

7. Jan Bakelants (Bel/AG2R)

8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)

9. Silvan Dillier (Swi/BMC Racing)

10. Mathias Frank (Swi/IAM Cycling)

General classification after stage 12:

1. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) 46hrs 53mins 31 secs

2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +54 secs

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

4. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +2mins 34secs

5. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +3mins 8secs

6. Leopold Koenig (Cze/Team Sky) +3mins 9secs

7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +3mins 25secs

8. Michele Scarponi (Ita/Astana) +3mins 34secs

9. David De La Cruz (Spa/Etixx – Quick-Step) +3mins 45secs

10. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/BMC Racing) +3mins 56secs

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