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 .

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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'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.

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.

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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