Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Vuelta A Espana Stage 20 Preview

Vuelta A Espana Stage 20 Preview

With Froome almost certain to win, he can look forward to a generous general classification prize of €155,000 to add to the €281,410 he's already earned from individual stage performances.

"The young cyclist. died as a outcome of severe injuries suffered after losing control of her bike and colliding with a wall", the Asturian centre of emergency coordination said in a statement.

Chris Froome is poised to become the first British rider to win the Vuelta a España after extending his lead on the penultimate day of the Grand Tour as Spain's Alberto Contador signed off his career in style by winning stage 20.

The victim was transferred by helicopter to a hospital in the city of Oviedo, where she passed away.

Froome increased his advantage over Vincenzo Nibali through the rainy 117.5-kilometer (73-mile) mountainous ride in Stage 20 from Corvera de Asturias to a grueling summit finish at the Alto de l'Angliru. The move shed all but the hardiest riders from Froome's group heading up the category-one Alto del Cordal, only for Nibali to fall on the descent on the wet road and needing help from a teammate to make up the lost time.

Froome suffered a mechanical failure and then crashed when well-placed among the chasing pack as Tomasz Marczynski claimed a breakaway win.

Froome's first breakout performance, when he ended up usurping Team Sky's designated leader, Bradley Wiggins, was six years and four Tour de France wins ago.

The Briton just needs to finish Sunday's procession into Madrid to be crowned the first Briton to win La Vuelta and become only the third man to complete the Tour-Vuelta double in the same season.

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"Contador certainly can not be blamed for the lack of trying", Froome said of his old adversary, a three-time victor of the Vuelta who will retire at the end of the race.

Riding his final Grand Tour, the Spaniard has been attacking nearly relentlessly since losing several minutes in the first week due to illness.

"Everyone is exhausted at this point, but I'm feeling good and the team is good so hopefully we can finish it off".

It was a brilliant final page of a great but controversial career. More curiously, only two riders have even tried - Carlos Sastre, third at the Vuelta after winning the Tour in 2008, and Froome.

"I couldn't have asked for a more lovely ending, winning in the Angliru, it's a great end to a career in which I gave everything", said Contador, the only Spaniard to have won a stage at this year's Vuelta.

Hinault would also win the Vuelta in 1983, and finished his career with five Tour crowns, two Vueltas and three Giro d'Italia victories. "I wanted to go out like this, and there is no better place than here to say goodbye".

"It was such a tough climb". "Congratulations to him. For him to finish his career like this is handsome".

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