Froome wins stage, Cobo keeps Vuelta lead
Updated: September 07, 2011, 11:52
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PENA CABARGA, Spain (AP) British rider Christopher Froome won the 17th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday, edging overall leader Juan Jose Cobo on a grueling final uphill climb.
Froome pushed ahead of Cobo near the end of the 131-mile mountain course starting in Faustino V and closing in the Pena Cabarga in northern Spain. Cobo, a native of the local Cantabria region, maintained the overall leader's jersey for the third straight day.
The 18th stage Thursday is a 108-mile ride from Solares to the Atlantic coastal town of Noja.
The 21-stage race returns to the Basque country for the first time in 33 years before ending Sunday in Madrid.