Froome widens lead as Lopez wins stage

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Froome is aiming to become just the third rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year

Chris Froome increased his overall lead on another tough day in the mountains at the Vuelta a Espana as Miguel Angel Lopez impressively won stage 15.

Colombian Astana rider Lopez arrived alone at the 2,510m summit of the Alto Hoya de la Mora after overtaking Briton Adam Yates in the final kilometres.

Froome countered Vincenzo Nibali’s move on the final climb and widened his advantage over him by six seconds.

He now leads the Italian Bahrain-Merida rider by one minute and one second.

Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin was second behind Lopez, 36 seconds off the pace, with Wilco Kelderman third.

An exhausted Yates, who is yet to win a stage at a Grand Tour, was caught in the final 4km, almost coming to a halt as Lopez raced past him.

It was Lopez’s second stage victory of this year’s race, having also won stage 11, and he now moves up to sixth overall, two minutes and 51 seconds behind Froome.

The 23-year-old’s supposed team leader, Fabio Aru, dropped to seventh as he lost more time on those around him.

“I slowed down when he came past me because I couldn’t keep the pace. Maybe it was a bit early when I attacked but we gave it a shot,” Yates said.

“I tried my best so I can’t be disappointed with that. I’m tired now but we will rest up and go again in a few days. It didn’t work out today but I am sure it will in the future.”

More to follow.


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