Vuelta Spagna 2015 - 70a Edizione - 11a tappa Andorra la Vella - Cortals d'Encamp 138 km - 02/09/2015 - Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

Vuelta a Espana: Stage 11, Results

September 2, 2015
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Chris Froome’s hopes of becoming only the third rider to win the Tour de France and Spain’s Vuelta in the same year faded on Wednesday after he was cut adrift on the 11th stage. Astana rider Mikel Landa, third in this year’s Giro d’Italia, won the stage at the summit of Cortals d’Encamp in Andorra in the Pyrenees, as his team-mate Fabio Aru seized the overall lead. Aru, 25 and second in the Giro, attacked on the final ascent of the daunting 138km ride through Andorra to take the overall leader’s red jersey from Dutchman Tom Dumoulin. It represented quite a turnaround in Astana’s fortunes after their team leader and 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali was expelled from the race last week for getting a tow from a team car. “Aru has struck a huge blow in terms of the overall standings, one hopes he can go all the way,” purred Landa.

Two-time Tour de France champion Froome, who had started the day in eighth place overall, 1min 18secs adrift of the lead, was dropped in the mountains and his hopes of winning a second Grand Tour this year look to be dead in the water. The 30-year-old Kenyan-born rider started the day badly when he fell and things steadily got worse as he lost contact with the lead group 40km from the finish and lost about seven minutes by the time he crossed the line. Sky rider Froome is now 15th overall, 7min 30secs behind Aru in first place. The other two cyclists who filled the podium spots at the Tour de France also struggled, Alejandro Valverde coming in over a minute in arrears of Aru and Nairo Quintana, the runner-up to Froome in France, losing over three minutes.Landa, 25, was part of the initial breakaway group and went clear on his own on the final first-category climb of the Queen stage of the race.

Earlier in the stage, Portuguese rider Sergio Paulinho was taken to hospital after being knocked over, according to his team Tinkoff-Saxo, by a motorbike carrying a TV cameraman, just as had happened to Peter Sagan five days ago. Paulinho had to have 17 stitches inserted in a leg wound. Thursday’s 12th stage is a gentler ride for the remaining cyclists, a 173km run from Escaldes/Engordany to Lleida, with a finish suited to the sprinters.

Stage Results
1. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 4hr 34min 54sec
2. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) at 1:22
3.Ian Boswell (USA/SKY) 1:40
4. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 1:57
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 1:59
6. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 2:10
7. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 2:10
8. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI) 2:59
9. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 2:59
10. Diego Rosa (ITA/AST) 3:02
11. Nélson Oliveira (POR/LAM) 3:04
12. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 3:04
13. Rodolfo Torres (COL/COL) 4:19
14. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 4:19
15. Joe Dombrowski (USA/CAN) 4:19
16. Darwin Atapuma (COL/BMC) 4:19
17. Louis Meintjies (RSA/MTN) 4:19
18. Romain Sicard (FRA/EUC) 4:25
19. Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA/EUC) 4:32
20. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/ETI) 5:25

General Classification Standings
1. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 43hr 12min 19sec
2. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) at 0:27
3. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 0:30
4. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1:28
5. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI) 1:29
6. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 1:52
7. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 1:54
8. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 1:58
9. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 3:07
10. Louis Meintjies (RSA/MTN) 4:15
11. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 5:19
12. Romain Sicard (FRA/EUC) 6:41
13. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/ETI) 6:42
14. Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA/EUC) 7:29
15. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 7:30
16. Bart De Clercq (BEL/LOT) 9:50
17. André Cardoso (POR/CAN) 10:19
18. Stephane Rossetto (FRA/COF) 10:49
19. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 11:07
20. Kenny Elissonde (FRA/FDJ) 11:34


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