Froome takes Vuelta lead on stage three

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Chris Froome is aiming to be the third man to complete the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year

Britain’s Chris Froome has taken the red jersey and leads the Vuelta a Espana, as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali won the third stage.

The four-time Tour de France champion finished third on the stage, with Spain’s David de la Cruz in second.

The Team Sky rider is aiming to become the third man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year.

He holds a two-second advantage over De la Cruz, Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen, with Nibali 10 seconds back.

Froome made his move to lead with 7.8km of the stage remaining as the race entered Spain for the first time through the Pyrenees mountains, ending in Andorra.

Former winner and Bahrain-Merida rider Nibali, one of Froome’s major rivals, attacked in the final kilometre, but Froome had done enough to move up from ninth to first in the general classicisation.

Britain’s Adam Yates is 39 seconds behind Froome, with his countryman and Orica-Scott team-mate Simon Yates 48 seconds off the pace.

More to follow.

Stage three result

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) 4 hrs 01 mins 22 secs

2. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) Same time

3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

4. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)

5. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott)

6. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team)

7. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing Team)

8. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team)

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R La Mondiale)

10. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) +25 secs

General classification

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 8hrs 53mins 44sec

2. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +2secs

3. Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC Racing Team) Same time

4. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team)

5. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Bahrain-Merida)+10secs

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

7. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana Pro Team) +38secs

8. Adam Yates (GB/Orica-Scott)+39secs

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R La Mondiale) +43secs

10. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +48secs

Selected others

11. Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +48secs

30. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 10secs


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