Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana extends lead over Chris Froome after stage 15

Chris Froome lost almost three minutes on overall leader Nairo Quintana as Gianluca Brambilla won stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espaa

Chris Froome lost almost three minutes on the overall leader, Nairo Quintana, as Gianluca Brambilla won stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espaa.

Movistars Quintana and Tinkoffs Alberto Contador are amongst a large group who transgressed away from the peloton early in the 118.5 km stage, from Sabianigo to a summit finish on the Aramn Formigal in Sallent de Gllego.

Each had two team-mates in the breakaway while Froome was left to lead the chasing pack with little subsistence from his Team Sky colleagues, aside from David Lpez. The resulting group pulled two minutes clear climbing the Alto de Petralba and kept pushing, Team Dimension Datas Omar Fraile taking the three climbing phases on offer there and five more on the Alto de Cotefablo.

Contador took two intermediate sprint phases but it was Quintana who surged away along with Brambilla with 1.5 km to run. Brambilla won the stage by three seconds but Quintana, crucially, finished 2min 37 sec ahead of Froome to take his overall lead over the second-placed Briton to 3:37. Esteban Chaves( Orica Bike-Exchange) lies third, a further 20 seconds back, with Contador fourth and Chaves British team-mate Simon Yates fifth.

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