Vuelta a Espana support acts deliver for leading man Chris Froome

Vuelta a Espana support acts deliver for leading man Chris Froome

Vuelta a Espana support acts deliver for leading man Chris Froome

Chris Froome crashed twice as rivals reduced his Spanish Vuelta lead in Stage 12 on Thursday, which was won by Lotto-Soudal rider Tomasz Marczynski.

"They controlled with the correct speed". "As a team we deserve it because we've been active".

With Chaves losing time, Team Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman moved up to third in the standings, two minutes 17 seconds behind Froome, with Ilnur fourth at two minutes 25 seconds and Chaves fifth, a further 14 seconds back.

Nicknamed "Superman", Lopez has shown off his strength on a series of punishing climbs in the past week as he also finished second on a category one summit finish on Saturday.

Victory also moved Lopez up to sixth overall, ahead of Astana teammate and 2015 Vuelta victor Fabio Aru.

Lopez of the Astana Pro Team had already impressed when winning the 11th stage and confirmed he is one of Colombia's up and coming climbers securing a second victory in the 15th.

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"Sleep all day", confessed Froome when asked of his plans for the rest day.

Monday is the second rest day of the race, which continues on Tuesday with the individual time trial, where Froome will be looking to strike another blow in his bid to become the first rider in 39 years to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same season.

"I want to enjoy myself, just like I've been enjoying myself up to now", he continued.

"The times we have lost time are when we went on the aggressive attack so we have to look at that in the future but in terms of this race, we are going to go down fighting and we will keep the same style of racing". After my first victory I was keeping fresh to try again today.

"It's an wonderful feeling to finish off today and still to be the leader of three competitions - the red, the white and the green jersey as well - and to have survived a stage like today", Froome told Team Sky's official website.

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