Vuelta a España: Chris Froome delighted to be back in Red
Aug 22 2017 12:07 am CET

Vuelta a España: Chris Froome delighted to be back in Red
Vuelta a España: Chris Froome delighted to be back in Red
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Chris Froome moved into the lead of the Vuelta a España after finishing third in the first mountain stage of this year's edition of the Spanish race.

The Team Sky leader attacked on the last climb and initially had only Orica-Scott's Esteban Chaves in his wheel, although the two were later joined by first Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet and then another group including the eventual stage winner Vincenzo Nibali.

"A great surprise, but I think it's the result of a lot of hard work today from my teammates," the Briton said. "They did a fantastic job on the final climb, especially a guy like Gianni Moscon in his first grand tour with Team Sky. He was great today, as were the rest of the guys."

Froome was determined to collect every second he could, even winning an intermediate sprint shortly before the last climb to gain another three seconds on his rivals.

"I lost the Vuelta before by 13 seconds so I'm gonna fight for every second I can at this point," he explained.

The Kenyan-born rider wore the Red Jersey in the past and is happy to do so again. "It has been a long time. It feels amazing to put it back on and to be in this position is something I've thought about for a long time and I really worked hard to be here afte the Tour. So I'm really happy to be in this position."

Froome realizes that it won't be easy to keep the jersey until the last stage in Madrid, with so many kilometers still left to ride.

"It's gonna be really hard especially with all the time bonuses out there and it's only two seconds until the next group of riders. It's still really close and I don't expect to keep it all the way until the end but I'm gonna fight for it."

Froome leads the GC standings with an advantage of two seconds over David de la Cruz, Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen.



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