Froome extends Vuelta lead, Lopez climbs to second win

04 September, 2017, 11:39 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while Tour de France victor Chris Froome tacked a few seconds onto his overall lead.

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Majka was undaunted by the prospect of attacking the highest-category climb up the Sierra de la Pandera and broke clear in magnificent fashion to secure triumph.

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.

"I wanted to be courageous and see what would happen behind me, but Sky has a very powerful group and it was complicated", Contador 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.

Russian Ilnur Zakarin placed second, 36 seconds behind Lopez, to move up to third in the general classification.

"I slowed down when he came past me because I couldn't keep the pace".

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Froome crossed the line six seconds ahead of Nibali, who finished seventh.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome maintained his lead after coming across seconds later with his other title rivals.

"I knew it was a risk, but I preferred to take it".

"We've seen everything in this Vuelta: crashes, attacks, I think I can expect everything next week", he added. The Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) completes the provisional podium in 2 min. The 15th stage is a 129.4-kilometer (80.4-mile) ride over two category-one climbs before a special-category finish at Alta Hoya de la Mora.

Lopez' victory resolved all doubt he could've been a one-hit wonder after his 11th stage victory, showing the cycling world the 23-year-old Astana rider must be taken seriously.

The 2017 Vuelta de España finishes in Madrid on September 10.

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