Sport Chris Froome set for Tour-Vuelta double after Alberto Contador wins stage 20

19:15  09 september  2017
19:15  09 september  2017 Source:   Press Association

Chris Froome's Vuelta lead cut after a mechanical and a crash

  Chris Froome's Vuelta lead cut after a mechanical and a crash Chris Froome survived a mechanical and a crash to keep hold of his red jersey but his lead at La Vuelta was cut to 59 seconds. The Team Sky leader dropped 20 seconds to closest challenger Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), who finished in the main group of general classification contenders on stage 12.Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador, who is ninth in the GC standings, gained 22 seconds on Nibali and the rest of the general classification contenders.

Chris Froome had 20 seconds taken off his lead by Vincenzo Nibali on stage 12, which was won by Tomasz Marczynski. Will Chris Froome become the third cyclist to win the Tour - Vuelta double ? Alberto Contador .

Tour de France stage 20 - top 10 start times (all BST). 158 Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 3.46pm. Valentino Rossi ‘already feels good’ after surgery on double leg break. Vuelta a Espana 2017: Chris Froome into red jersey after taking lead during Stage 3.

Chris Froome made history in Spain: 2017 Tour De France Team Sky Announcement Handout Photo© PA PICTURE DESK 2017 Tour De France Team Sky Announcement Handout Photo

Chris Froome is set to become the first man to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year since 1978 after defending the red jersey in Saturday's penultimate stage.

Froome finished behind stage winner Alberto Contador on Alto de l'Angliru to extend his advantage at the top of the general classification with just Sunday's processional stage into Madrid to come.

Froome will become the first Briton to win La Vuelta and only the third man to complete the Tour-Vuelta double - and first since the race switched from April to its present post-Tour position in 1995.

Chris Froome tightens grip on La Vuelta title with dominant time trial win

  Chris Froome tightens grip on La Vuelta title with dominant time trial win Great Britain's Chris Froome tightened his grip on the overall lead at La Vuelta by coasting to victory in the stage 16 time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logrono. The Team Sky rider, who is aiming to become the first person to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year since 1978, clocked 47 minutes exactly over the 40.2km course. Froome's time was almost a full minute faster than nearest rival Vincenzo Nibali, of Bahrain-Merida, who was third.With five stages left, Froome now leads Italian Nibali by one minute and 58 seconds in the race for the red jersey.

Christopher Clive Froome , OBE (born 20 May 1985) is a British road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Team Sky. He is the reigning Tour de France champion and one of the most successful riders in the history of the Tour , having won it four times – in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Chris Froome insisted a Grand Tour double is possible after winning the Tour and finishing second at the Vuelta last year (Pic: Sirotti). Seven-time Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) races for the final time in his career, while Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Trek-Segafredo's Contador took a sensational and emotional solo victory in his final grand tour before retirement but came 20 seconds short of a place on the podium.

Behind him, Froome and Team Sky lieutenant Wout Poels crossed the line 17 seconds later, extending the Briton's lead to two minutes 15 seconds in the general classification after closest rival Vincenzo Nibali struggled on the final climb following an earlier crash.

Froome has finished second on three occasions at La Vuelta, but will finally get his hands on a second of the three grand tours providing he safely crosses the line in Sunday's processional final stage into Madrid.

Impossible to win Tour, Giro and La Vuelta in same year - Stephen Roche .
Former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner Stephen Roche believes it would be "humanly impossible" for Chris Froome to win all three grand tour races in one year. Froome completed the Tour and La Vuelta double by winning the latter in Madrid on Sunday but Roche, who won both the Tour and Giro in 1987, does not think any rider could win all three in the same 12 months because of the importance placed on the Tour.

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