Froome Slashes Quintana Lead In Time Trial

Britain’s Chris Froome closed the gap on tour of Spain leader Nairo Quintana to one minute and 21 seconds with a spectacular performance in individual time trial. The sky team rider completed the 37 kilometers course in 46 minutes and 33 seconds to win the 19th stage, his second victory in this year’s event. Colombian Quintana, wearing the race leader’s red jersey, was the last man down the start ramp but could not maintain the pace of the tour de France winner and finished 11th in the stage, losing two minutes and 16 seconds to Froome. Spain’s Jonathan Castroviejo finished 44 seconds behind Froome and Tobias Ludvigsson of Sweden was third. Froome’s hopes of winning a tour de France and Vuelta double are still alive but Quintana is still favourite to win his first tour of Spain ahead of Saturday’s mountain stage, a 193.2 kilometers ride from Benidorm to alto Aitana before Sunday’s sprint finish in Madrid.

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