Chris Froome ex­tends Vuelta lead with sec­ond place in stage 11

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Chris Froome in­creased his lead of the Span­ish Vuelta yes­ter­day, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the moun­tain­ous 11th stage be­hind As­tana rider Miguel An­gel Lopez.

The 23-year-old Lopez won his first grand stage tour, with the Colom­bian fin­ish­ing the 187.5kilo­me­ter (116.5-mile) ride from Lorca to the Calar Alto sum­mit in 5 hours, 5 min­utes, 9 sec­onds. Froome was sec­ond, 14 sec­onds back, edg­ing ti­tle ri­val Vin­cenzo Nibali.

Froome now leads sec­ond­placed Nibali by 1:19 over­all.

On a rainy day in south­ern Spain, four-time Tour de France cham­pion Froome took an­other step to­ward im­prov­ing on his three run­ner-up fin­ishes at the Vuelta.

Este­ban Chaves and Ni­co­las Roche started the day 34 sec­onds be­hind Froome over­all but both faded on the stage's sec­ond cat­e­gory-one climb that fin­ished at the Calar Alto As­tro­nom­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory.

Chaves fell to third over­all and is 2:33 be­hind Froome, while Roche tum­bled to 11th at 4:45 off the pace and well out of con­tention.

For­mer cham­pi­ons Fabio Aru and Al­berto Con­ta­dor also lost time. Aru slipped to 2:57 back in sev­enth place, while Con­ta­dor ended the stage al­most four min­utes slower.

Froome and his Sky team­mates with­stood the hard pace set by Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team, catch­ing the Ital­ian on the fi­nal push. Only a dar­ing Lopez got away when he set off over the fi­nal 200 me­ters (yards).

To­day's 12th stage is a hilly 160.1-kilo­me­ter (99.5-mile) ride from Mon­tril to Los Dolmenes.

The three-week race ends in Madrid on Septem­ber 10.

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