Froome has Vuelta lead cut

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Stefan Denifl rides for Aqua Blue Sport, who are competing in their first major tour

Britain’s Chris Froome had his lead cut by 42 seconds as Austrian Stefan Denifl won stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Froome, who won Tuesday’s time trial, struggled on the gruelling final climb to Los Machucos, conceding time to second placed Vincenzo Nibali.

The Italian, who finished fourth on the stage, now trails Froome by one minute and 16 seconds overall.

Aqua Blue Sport rider Denifl won by 28 seconds ahead of Spain’s Alberto Contador, who retires after the race.

Irish team Aqua Blue Sport are competing in their first major tour and had their bus destroyed in an arson attack earlier in the Vuelta.

More to follow.

Stage 17 result

1. Stefan Denifl (Aus/Aqua Blue Sport) 4hrs 48mins 52secs

2. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +28secs

3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +1mins 04secs

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) Same time

6. Rafal Majka (Pol/BORA-hansgrohe) Same time

7. Michael Woods (Can/ Cannondale-Drapac) +1mins 13secs

8. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Movistar Team) +1mins 17secs

9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +1mins 19secs

10. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1mins 42secs

General classification

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 67hrs 44min 03secs

2. Antonio Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1mins 16secs

3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +2mins 13secs

4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +2mins 25secs

5. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 34secs

6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +4mins 39secs

7. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +6mins 33secs

8. Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +6mins 40secs

9. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +6mins 45secs


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