Froome wins and moves fur­ther ahead

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

GREAT BRI­TAIN’S Chris Froome ex­tended his La Vuelta lead by win­ning stage nine ahead of near­est ri­val Este­ban Chaves at Cum­bre del Sol.

Froome at­tacked with 500m to go of the steeply up­hill fin­ish and looked to have built a de­ci­sive gap, only for Chaves to dig deep and get back onto Froome’s back wheel.

How­ever, Froome (Team Sky) was able to ac­cel­er­ate again and pulled clear to win by four sec­onds and ex­tend his lead over Chaves (Orica-Scott) in the gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion to 36 sec­onds.

“I put every­thing I had into that last cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres,” said Froome, af­ter his first stage win of 2017. “I was de­ter­mined they weren’t go­ing to catch me.”

Froome ex­tended his La Vuelta lead with a show of strength on Satur­day’s eighth stage to Xor­ret de Cati. France’s Ju­lian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won the stage.

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