Sport Chris Froome retains advantage after stage 19 of La Vuelta

19:22  08 september  2017
19:22  08 september  2017 Source:   Press Association

Chris Froome extends La Vuelta lead with second-place finish on stage 11

  Chris Froome extends La Vuelta lead with second-place finish on stage 11 Great Britain's Chris Froome took a commanding lead at La Vuelta on Wednesday. Three-time Tour de France winner Froome (Team Sky) finished second on the 187.5-kilometres route from Lorca to Observatorio Astronomico de Calar Alto, won by Colombia's Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).Froome's second-placed finish, 14 seconds behind Lopez, was accompanied by six bonus seconds and time gains over many of his rivals as his overall advantage grew to one minute 19 seconds.Froome is seeking to become only the third person to win the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year and the first since 1978.

Froome extends Vuelta lead. Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage .

17: 19 Quintana retains the red jersey. 17:17 Top 5. 17:14 Froome repeats success at Peña Cabarga! Chris Froome (Sky) grabs his second stage victory on the Vuelta , five years after winning at Peña Laurent Pichon, who has a stomach bug, took advantage of the rest day to recover.

Chris Froome retained his lead in La Vuelta: Chris Froome file photo© PA WIRE Chris Froome file photo

Chris Froome retained his advantage on stage 19 of La Vuelta as Belgian Thomas De Gendt won a sprint finish out of the breakaway to keep Spaniards waiting for a stage victory in their home race.

Team Sky's Froome, bidding to become the first man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same season since 1978, remains one minute and 37 seconds clear of Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali after the pair crossed the line within the main pack at the end of the 149.7km stage from Parque Natural de Redes to Gijon.

While the breakaway was contesting stage honours up ahead, three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador had attacked out of the pack of main favourites on the final climb, the Alto de San Martin de Huerces, in a bid to improve his podium chances in his final professional race.

Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta

  Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta 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.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.

Chris Froome continues surge towards La Vuelta title by extending his lead with second-placed Chris Froome improved his lead at La Vuelta after finishing second on stage 11 The Team Sky rider's overall advantage grew to one minute and 19 seconds

Stage summary. Chris Froome still in contention after time-trial victory. Chris Froome (Team Sky), winner of stage 19 of the 2016 Vuelta a España © J.A. Miguelez.

The Spaniard, who sits fifth, three minutes and 34 seconds down and 77 seconds off the podium places, crested the climb one minute ahead of the other contenders but despite picking up the help of Trek-Segafredo team-mate Edward Theuns, he was caught by the peloton on the streets of Gijon.

The day's 21-man breakaway were let off the leash by the Team Sky-controlled peloton early in the day, building a lead of more than 15 minutes.

Bahrain-Merida's Ivan Garcia, conscious that Spain is running out of time to avoid a repeat of 1996 - the only other time in the 72-year history there has been no home stage winner in the Vuelta - attacked on the final climb but was soon joined by AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet.

Counter-attacks followed from the break as Irishman Nicolas Roche (BMC) and former world champion Rui Costa (Team UAE Emirates) joined the party, but by the time they arrived in Gijon, much of the rest of the break had caught up.

Chris Froome feels stage 16 could prove crucial in bid to claim La Vuelta title

  Chris Froome feels stage 16 could prove crucial in bid to claim La Vuelta title Chris Froome believes stage 16's individual time trial could be crucial in his bid to achieve a rare double at La Vuelta. Team Sky's Froome is seeking to become only the third person to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year and the first since 1978.The 32-year-old Briton takes into the final week a lead of one minute and one second from 2010 winner Vincenzo Nibali in the general classification.Froome will be expected to extend his advantage on Tuesday in a 40-kilometre time trial, a discipline which suits the four-time Tour de France winner.

Chris Froome (Sky) hammered his rivals to win the Vuelta 's final time trial to stay in contention for the title after cutting Nairo Quintana's lead down to 1:21. Froome gets closer to Quintana, Contador climbs on the podium. General classification after stage 19

Chris Froome celebrates his victory in the ninth stage of La Vuelta on Sunday. '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.

That set up a sprint finish and it was Lotto-Soudal's De Gendt that took the win ahead of Trek-Segafredo's Jarlinson Pantano, with Garcia having to settle for third.

The battle for red will now be decided on Saturday, when the peloton face a 117.5km stage from Corvero de Asturias which will conclude on the brutal climb to the finish at Alto de l'Angliru, where Bradley Wiggins surrendered the race lead in 2011.

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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