Froome falls twice as lead cut at Spanish Vuelta

Froome falls twice as lead cut at Spanish Vuelta

The state has tried without success to décramponner Chris Froome (Sky) on the final climb: supported by the Spanish Alberto Contador (Trek), Nibali accelerated on several occasions, but the British returned to the train.

Lopez, riding for Astana, arrived alone at the 2,510 metres summit of the Alto Hoya de la Mora after overtaking Briton Adam Yates in the final kilometres.

The Colombian escaped from the group with tour leader Christopher Froome at six kilometers from the finish in the Sierra Nevada.

The peloton may regret its inability to apply more pressure on Froome when he showed signs of wavering, but all credit will go to Majka following one of the gutsiest performances witnessed so far in the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.

The Italian rider's hat-trick of stage wins gave his Quick-Step Floors team their fifth of the race overall.

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I can't thank my team-mates enough. "But we chose to go for it", Trentin told reporters after edging out 14 other riders in the uphill sprint finish to cross the line first in Tomares. "There were a lot of big attacks today, but they stayed with me and controlled the speed", Froome said.

Triple stage victor on the Tour de France, Majka had already picked the color last weekend, but he had failed in 3rd place at the 8th step.

Russia's Ilnur Zakarin attacked in the final kilometre to take second, 36 seconds back, and also climb ahead of Wilco Kelderman into third overall. I think it was the right decision, we've kept the energy for the stage tomorrow [Sunday], " responded Froome.

"If anyone had said this would be the situation going into the second rest day I would have definitely taken that "I'm really happy with it and looking forward to the time trial [on Tuesday]".

There are five more stages after that, with the race due to finish in Madrid next Sunday (September 10).

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