Tour of Spain: Majka wins in the summit, Froome resists Nibali

Cycling: Froome cedes ground to Nibali in difficult stage

Chris Froome on Saturday survived the first of two successive mountain finishes to hold on to the red jersey in the Vuelta a Espana, coming fourth in Stage 14 and only losing four seconds of his overall lead to nearest challenger Vincenzo Nibali.

However, Froome is bearing down on a historic feat as only the third rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year, with just one week to go till the finale in Madrid.

Froome crossed the line six seconds ahead of Nibali, who finished seventh.

Colombian Astana rider Lopez arrived alone at the 2,510m summit of the Alto Hoya de la Mora after overtaking Briton Adam Yates in the final kilometres.

The Italian, a revelation this season, tried his best, but Mateo Trentin was too powerful, as he has been three times in this race, and took a fifth stage for Quick-Step.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) was second and Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) finished third.

"We've seen everything in this Vuelta: crashes, attacks, I think I can expect everything next week", he added.

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But he showed great stamina and climbing power to stay away from a stellar cast of chasers for his first Vuelta stage win.

"I came to the Vuelta for the GC and I'm sick, I nearly go home, but now I am so happy".

I can't thank my team-mates enough.

According to Orica sports director Neil Stephens, the team is pleased with the way its riders performed not only on Stage 15, but also in the race to date.

"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".

"If anyone had said this would be the situation going into the second rest day I would have definitely taken that "I'm really happy with it and looking forward to the time trial [on Tuesday]".

"I still had Gracie Elvin and Sarah Roy with me at the finish to keep me safe after Georgia Williams and Jess Allen did all of the early work".

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