• Home
  • News
  • Froome wins stage, Cobo keeps Vuelta lead

News & Views

Froome wins stage, Cobo keeps Vuelta lead

Updated: September 07, 2011, 13:26

Britain's Christopher Froome reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race over 211 kilometers (131.1-mile) starting in Faustino V and ending in Pena Cabarga, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano Arce)

PENA CABARGA, Spain (AP) British rider Christopher Froome won the 17th stage of the Vuelta on Wednesday, beating overall leader Juan Jose Cobo in a back-and-forth duel on a grueling final uphill climb.

Froome pushed ahead of Cobo in the last yards of the 131-mile mountain stage to finish in 4 hours, 52 minutes, 38 seconds. The Spanish rider was just 1 second behind.

Froome began the Vuelta supporting Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins, but now has a shot at his first race title after reducing Cobo's lead to 13 seconds.

Cobo, a native of the local Cantabria region, maintained the overall leader's jersey for the third straight day.

"I suffered a lot, I thought there was a moment I could lose the lead,'' Cobo said. "I fell behind and didn't know if I could catch up, but at the end I was able to get the energy from I don't know where.''

The recent mountain stages have shed the other contenders. Wiggins is now 1:41 back, and defending champion Vicenzo Nibali is 4:31 off Cobo's pace.

Thursday's 18th stage is a 108.5-mile ride from Solares to the Atlantic coastal town of Noja.

The 21-stage race then returns to the Basque country for the first time in 33 years before closing in Madrid on Sunday.

Why Join Us?

We combine great social networking and excellent content, all in one place!

  • Interests

    Choose the interests you want to follow
  • Community

    Connect with friends and other sports fans
  • Content

    News, Views, Equipment Reviews, Contests & Deals
Join Now

Are you a cycling coach?