Froome extends lead as Lutsenko wins

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Alexey Lutsenko’s victory was his first Grand Tour stage success

Britain’s Chris Froome extended his Vuelta a Espana lead behind Alexey Lutsenko’s breakaway stage-five win.

Froome, aiming to become the third man to win a Vuelta crown in the same year as Tour de France success, attacked on the final climb and now has a 10-second advantage over his nearest rival.

Froome was set up by Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon, with Alberto Contador one of the few rivals to match his pace.

The race finishes in Madrid on 10 September after another 16 stages.

Stage five result

1. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana)

2. Merhawi Kudus (Eri/Dimension Data) +42secs

3. Marc Soler (Spa/Movistar) +56sec

4. Matej Mohoric (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 11secs

5. Alexis Gougeard (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale) +1min 24secs

General standings after stage five:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

2. Tejay Van Garderen (US/BMC)+10secs

3. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +11secs

4. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC) +13secs

5. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +23secs


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