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Froome stretches overall lead as Lopez takes stage 11 summit victory at the Vuelta

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) took an impressive win atop the summit finish of Calar Alto, beating Chris Froome to second place on stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) and Lopez threatened to pull clear with two kilometres remaining, but Froome found a late burst of energy and bridged the gap to finish the stage in second place and increase his hold on the red jersey.

Froome made up time in the grueling stage from Lorca to Calar Alto in Andalusia – which featured 3,490 meters of climbing and finished 2,120 meters above sea level – with a late dash from the back to the front of the chasing pack behind Lopez.

The Team Sky rider beat Wilco Kelderman and Vincenzo Nibali to finish 14 seconds behind Lopez and take a six second bonus in his bid to become the first rider since 1978 to win a double of La Vuelta and the Tour de France.

Nibali overtook Esteban Chaves as Froome’s nearest challenger and moved into second place overall, with the Colombian dropping from 36 seconds behind Froome before the stage to 2:33 adrift in third.

Vuelta a Espana 2017 – stage 11 results (Lorca – Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto):

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

5:05:09

2Chris Froome (Team Sky)

+14”

3Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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4Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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5Romain Bardet (AG2R)

+31”

6Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

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7Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

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8Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)

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9Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’02”

10David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)

+01’14”

11Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac)

+01’17”

12Wout Poels (Team Sky)

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13Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

+01’22”

14Pello Bilbao (Astana)

+01’32”

15Fabio Aru (Astana)

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16Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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17Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)

+02’05”

18Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)

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19Sergio Pardilla (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

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20Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)

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General classification after stage 11:

1Chris Froome (Team Sky)

45:18:01

2Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

+01’19”

3Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)

+02’33”

4David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)

+02’36”

5Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

+02’37”

6Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+02’38”

7Fabio Aru (Astana)

+02’57”

8Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac)

+03’01”

9Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

+03’55”

10Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

+04’11”

11Nicolas Roche (BMC)

+04’45”

12Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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13Wout Poels (Team Sky)

+04’54”

14Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)

+05’01”

15Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+06’10”

16Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)

+06’39”

17Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)

+07’47”

18Igor Anton (Dimension Data)

+09’50”

19Sergio Pardilla (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

+10’24”

20Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

+11’00”

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