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Miguel Angel Lopez wins 15th Vuelta stage, Froome keeps lead

Miguel Angel Lopez wins 15th Vuelta stage, Froome keeps lead”

Vincenzo Nibali, who tried to escape in stage 15 but Team Sky and Froome were strong enough to catch him, trails 61 seconds going in today's stage.

Froome, who is now leading La Vuelta as he bids to become only the third man to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same season, has said he hopes to compete in the hilly individual time trial in Bergen depending on his condition after the Spanish race concludes next weekend.

With five stages left, Froome now leads Italian Nibali by one minute and 58 seconds in the race for the red jersey.

"Given this position I am in right now, after two weeks of racing, this is pretty much the dream scenario", he said on the final rest day of the 21 stage race.

'I take it one day at a time at the moment.

Lopez, a 23-year-old rider for Astana, claimed his first grand tour win on Wednesday, when he won a similarly tough mountain stage finishing at the Calar Alto summit.

There was progress for Team Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman as the Dutchman finished second - 29 seconds behind Froome - to move up to third overall.

"Alberto Contador has done some very decent time trials this year, and this will be his last competitive time trial so I expect that he will pull out all the stops".

The Orica-Scott star burst from the peloton to seal stage three by half a wheel-length from his nearest rival and add to his win in the opening sprint stage on Sunday.

After two hard stages in the mountains, Chris Froome increased his lead over his competitors. Ewan said: "I was a bit disappointed after yesterday, I was boxed in during the sprint so I never got to open up [my sprint]".



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