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Miguel Angel Lopez wins stage 15 in Vuelta a Espana

Monday, 4 September 2017 :  Chris Froome increased his overall lead on another tough day in the mountains at the Vuelta a Espana as Miguel Angel Lopez impressively won stage 15.

Colombian Astana rider Lopez arrived alone at the 2,510m summit of the Alto Hoya de la Mora after overtaking Briton Adam Yates in the final kilometres.

Froome countered Vincenzo Nibali’s move on the final climb and widened his advantage over him by six seconds.

He now leads the Italian Bahrain-Merida rider by one minute and one second.

Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin moved up to third overall by finishing second behind Lopez, 36 seconds off the pace, with Wilco Kelderman third on Sunday’s 129.4km ride from Alcala la Real.

Froome, once again helped to a strong finish by team-mates Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve, finished fifth, with Nibali seventh.

An exhausted Yates, who is yet to win a stage at a Grand Tour, was caught in the final 4km, almost coming to a halt as Lopez raced past him.

It was Lopez’s second stage victory of this year’s race, having also won stage 11, and he now moves up to sixth overall, two minutes and 51 seconds behind Froome.

The 23-year-old’s supposed team leader, Fabio Aru, dropped to seventh as he lost more time on those around him.

Monday is a rest day. Racing returns on Tuesday with a 40.2km time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logrono.

Source : Internet

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