Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead

Kristopher Drake
September 5, 2017

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Rafal Majka clinched victory in Stage 14 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana on Saturday after emerging on top after a fearless last-gasp climb to Sierra de la Pandera.

Contador, 34, announced that the Vuelta a España would be his last race after he had a disappointing Tour de France in July. "I'm really happy with it and looking forward to the time trial". "They trusted in me and did a great job".

Triple stage victor on the Tour de France, Majka had already picked the color last weekend, but he had failed in 3rd place at the 8th step.

With a well-timed attack on the first climb of the day, Yates bridged across to the remnants of a breakaway with one leader ahead. "It was still 10 km away, I put the gas to the bottom", he smiled. The Italian now trails Froome by 55 seconds. "The legs are coming back, motivation too".

"I tried my best so I can't be disappointed with that", he said.

The Briton now has a 61-second cushion over Nibali.

Nibali, who did not compete in this year's Tour de France, waited his turn to attack while Alberto Contador, Romain Bardet and Lopez formed a group ahead of Froome's bunch.

"We came through the finish line during the race so I got to look at the road surface and I knew it was going to be a pretty bumpy sprint", said the 23-year-old Ewan, who launched off the wheel of teammate and recently crowned Slovenian champion Luka Mezgec, who also finished fifth at the European championships last month. I think it was the right decision, we've kept the energy for the stage tomorrow [Sunday], " responded Froome.

The man from Team SKY's success allowed him to extend his overall lead in the race and retain the coveted red jersey. The Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) completes the provisional podium in 2 min.

Sunday is another gruelling mountain stage with a 129.4km ride from Alcalá la Real to Alto Hoya de la Mora, Sierra Nevada. "This will be one of the most decisive of the Vuelta", prophesies Froome.

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