Belfast Telegraph

Froome writes cycling history with Vuelta win

By Robert Jones

Chris Froome won La Vuelta - becoming only the third rider to win the event and the Tour de France in the same year.

Victory in Madrid yesterday enabled Froome to become the first Briton to win La Vuelta -and he toasted the achievement with a glass of cava in the saddle, during the 117.6km 21st and final stage.

The Team Sky rider finished two minutes, 15 seconds clear of second-placed Italian Vincenzo Nibali, with Russia's Ilnur Zakarin third.

Nibali's compatriot Matteo Trentin won the final stage, ahead of Lorrenzo Manzin and Soren Kragh Andersen - but Froome's 11th-placed finish denied the Italian the green jersey.

Only Jacques Anquetil in 1963 and Bernard Hinault 15 years later have matched the Briton's achievement, although he is the first to do so since La Vuelta was moved from before the Tour to after it in 1995.

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