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Lopez takes Stage 15

For Team Sky, the short and mountainous stage was all about neutralising attacks. But Lopez managed to get away with Contador anyway and the Astana pro even managed to drop the Spaniard in the final five kilometres. He then passed the earlier attacker Adam Yates to take his second Grand Tour stage win and become a competitor for the GC as well.

Chris Froome celebrates on the podium with the jersey of points classification after stage 15 of the 72nd ‘Vuelta a Espana’ Sunday 03 September 2017.

Meanwhile, Team Sky set a vicious pace to neutralise Nibali’s attack and get in front of Contador as well. Then it was Froome’s time to shine when he matched Wilco Kelderman’s move and finished fifth on the stage. He thus extended his overall lead by yet another few seconds.

General classification after stage 15

1. Christopher Froome Team Sky, in 62-06-25
2. Vincenzo Nibali Bahrain-Merida, at 1-01
3. Ilnur Zakarin Katusha, at 2-08
4. Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb, at 2-11
5. Esteban Chaves Orica-Scott, at 2-39
6. Miguel Angel Lopez Astana, at 2-51
7. Fabio Aru Astana, at 3-24
8. Michael Woods Cannondale-Drapac, at 3-26
9. Alberto Contador Velasco Trek-Segafredo, at 2-59
10. Wout Poels Team Sky, at 5-22

“We were concentrating on Nibali, he is second in GC. If Lopez continues like this, we are going to have to respond to his attacks as well. Today, though, it was Nibali,” Froome explained. “I’m not surprised by Lopez and how strong he’s been. He’s been extremely consistent over the last mountain stages. He’s ridden a fantastic race.”

Alberto Contador admitted it was risky to attack but he didn’t have any regrets about the decision: “I wanted to be brave and see what would happen behind me, but Sky has a very powerful group and it was complicated.”

Will Froome manage to hold off all the competitors? What do you think?

Victory dance

That’s the way to celebrate!

Yetti of the Netherlands

American amateur tests positive

Seven banned drugs in a single doping test. The distressing results of Kayle LeoGrande (40) after his win at Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling in Dana Point, California have earned him an eight-year ban. The amateur tested positive for ibutamoren, raloxifene, ostarine, GW1516 sulfone, RAD140, LGD4033, and andarine.

This was the second time LeoGrande was caught using banned substances. It was EPO the first time, back when he was a pro at Rock Racing between 2007 and 2008. We sincerely hope this is just one man’s failure and not a sign of how much doping is used at the amateur level of cycling.

Froome in need of cuddling

ŠKODA’s there for you, Chris!

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