Sport Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta

19:20  03 september  2017
19:20  03 september  2017 Source:   Press Association

Marczynski takes honours on stage six of La Vuelta as Froome retains lead

  Marczynski takes honours on stage six of La Vuelta as Froome retains lead Tomasz Marczynski took the honours on stage six of La Vuelta as overall leader Chris Froome saw nearest challenger Tejay van Garderen slip down the standings.Tomasz Marczynski took the honours on stage six of La Vuelta as overall leader Chris Froome saw nearest challenger Tejay van Garderen slip down the standings.

Britain’s Chris Froome strengthened his grip on the red jersey by finishing second in Stage 11 in La Vuelta ’s three minutes on the pack, Yates was the first of the leaders to be distanced as Bardet rode clear Victory saw Lopez move from 15th to 10th on GC – 4’11” down on Froome – and piles the

‘I didn’t expect to get the red jersey so early in La Vuelta . It’s a great surprise,’ said Froome post-stage. Three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador, who is retiring from cycling after the race, finished 37th to move to 30th overall, more than three minutes from the lead.

Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta: Cycling - Chris Froome Photocall - Harrogate © PA WIRE Cycling - Chris Froome Photocall - Harrogate

Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage from Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada.

Team Sky rider Froome, who is bidding to become only the third rider to win La Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year, produced a late surge to stretch his advantage over Vincenzo Nibali by six more seconds.

Froome now has a 61-second cushion over his Italian rival. Lopez finished the stage in three hours, 34 minutes and 51 seconds, overtaking Briton Adam Yates on the final climb to reach the 2,510-metre summit of Alto Hoya de la Mora first for his second win of the race.

Russia's Ilnur Zakarin came second, 36 seconds behind, with Dutchman Wilco Kelderman third and Froome coming in fifth. Zakarin and Kelderman are third and fourth in the general classification but trail Froome by more than two minutes.

Chris Froome wins fifth Grand Tour title .
Chris Froome has won La Vuelta a Espana, becoming the first British cyclist in history to do so and near a status as an all-time great. The four-time Tour de France champion comfortably finished Sunday's final stage to Madrid in 11th place, to clinch victory in the three-week long race's general classification.Froome's victory means he has become only the third man in history to complete the double of winning Le Tour and La Vuelta in the same season.

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