Froome wins and moves further ahead
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.