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Vuelta a Espana 2017: López takes Stage 11 summit victory

07 Settembre, 2017, 11:51 | Autore: Ave Pintor

After Rojas opened up the final sprint, Trentin showed the sprinting capabilities that took him to an earlier victory in Stage 4 - winning at a canter to double his tally and move into the lead in the green jersey points classification.

The successful group eventual came together to contain 14 riders, including Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Antonio Pedrero (Movistar), Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb), Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal), Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Igor Anton (Dimension Data), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) and Aldemar Reyes (Manzana Postobon).

"All the team did the great work".

The opening slopes of the nearly 16km trek to the finishing line at the Observatory were the hardest of the climb, and it quickly showed.

A frantic finish saw Froome give chase as Nibali climbed out of his saddle, and the Tour de France champion was powerful as he produced a magnificent cadence.

"I really wanted this victory, I've been thinking about this stage for a long time because the climb was tricky but consistent, it was a climb I could handle".

With 50km to go, the break's lead was down to a slim 2 minutes 25 seconds, slashed down to under two minutes only 2km later, as the peloton's pace began to ramp up.

"I'm very happy with the outcomes from today", said Froome. Esteban Chavez, being pulled along by Jack Haig, had already conceded a minute, and he was behind a struggling Fabio Aru and Michael Woods. The climbing legs proved dangerous as the break stretched out 30 seconds more to 1.30 over the peloton at the top of the climb.

The last two kilometres were fiendishly difficult and Pelizotti and then Nieve went in counter attacks that were brought back by Bardet as the riders battled in front of adoring Spanish fans.

Chris Froome tightened his grip on the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday with an eye-catching second to Colombia s Miguel Angel Lopez in the mountainous 11th stage. He dropped to third overall behind Nibali.

Froome had held a 36-second lead over Esteban Chaves entering the 11th stage of the race, which finishes in Madrid on September 10.