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Chris Froome on Stage 11: ‘Huge Step Towards Securing Overall Victory’

By Monica Buck

Miguel Angel Lopez won the stage after attacking with 1.2km to go on the summit to Calar Alto, but it was Chris Froome who was the happiest man in the peloton. He managed to finish second, ahead of Vincenzo Nibali, while claiming the six-second bonus. The Italian rider moved up to second place ahead of Chaves who lost over two minutes on the last climb. Nicholas Roche (BMC) was dropped with over 11km to go and fell to eleventh place overall.

Stage 11: Lorca to Calar Alto (187.5km)

1 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team, in 5-05-09
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 14s
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb, all same time
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, at 31s
6 Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
8 Mikel Nieve (Esp) Team Sky, all same time
9 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates, at 1-02
10 David De La Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors, at 1-14

General classification after stage 11

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky, in 45-18-01
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 1-19
3 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott, at 2-33
4 David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors, at 2-36
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 2-37
6 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin, at 2-38
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team, at 2-57
8 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac, at 3-01
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-55
10 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team, at 4-11

“I think given the time gaps today, this is definitely going to be one of the crucial stages that shaped this Vuelta a España. I’m really pleased with how today went and I think this is a huge step towards securing my position and my lead at the Vuelta,” the British pro said.

Miguel Angel LOPEZ (COL), Christopher FROOME (GBR) Red Leader Jersey, Wilco KELDERMAN (NED), Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA) during Stage 11, Lorca – Observatorio Astronomico de Calar Alto 2120m (187,5km)

It is now up to Nibali to chase Froome, and it seems that he’s up for the challenge. “We are becoming better and better. As you can tell, Chris Froome has a strong team and he is strong, so it’s very difficult to gain time against him. But at least someone needs to try,” Nibali’s sports director Gorazd Stangelj said.

Is Nibali able to catch Froome? Is it now a two-man race? Let us know what you think in the comments!