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Froome wins stage, Cobo keeps Vuelta lead

Updated: September 07, 2011, 11:52

Geox TMC rider Juan Jose Cobo from Spain talks with cycling legend Miguel Indurain, while fitting on his overall leader's red jersey on the podium of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race at the end of the 16th stage between Villa Romana La Olmeda and Haro, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/I.Lopez)

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.

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