Chris Froome wins Vuelta a Espana win: Stage-by-stage guide to the victory

By Peter ScrivenerBBC Sport
Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali
Chris Froome beat Vincenzo Nibali by more than two minutes to win the Vuelta

Britain's Chris Froome has become only the third man to win the Vuelta a Espana in the same year as the Tour de France.

The four-time Tour winner, who has finished runner-up three times at the Vuelta, said before the race that he had "unfinished business".

And he dealt with that as he joined French greats Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) in winning both races in the same year.

This is how he achieved his goal.

Saturday, 19 August - Stage 1: Nimes, 13.7km (8.5 miles) team time trial

Rohan Dennis is the first Australian rider to wear the red jersey since Michael Matthews kept it for three days in 2014
Rohan Dennis is the first Australian rider to wear the red jersey since Michael Matthews kept it for three days in 2014

Winner: BMC Racing

Report: Team Sky finish fourth on first stage

Chris Froome makes a solid start to his quest to become the first rider in almost 40 years to complete the Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana double. The Briton's Team Sky squad finish fourth but crucially he beats all his rivals for the overall victory. BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis will wear the race leader's red jersey after crossing the line first in the winning team.

Sunday, 20 August - Stage 2: Nimes - Gruissan, 203.4km (126.4 miles)

Yves Lampaert
Yves Lampaert won his first Grand Tour stage to take the leader's red jersey

Winner: Yves Lampaert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors)

Report: Lampaert wins stage two to take Vuelta lead

A flat stage that looked on paper set to end in a bunch sprint had a surprise winner as Yves Lampaert capitalised on expert work from his Quick-Step team in the crosswinds late on to break away, win the stage and take the leader's red jersey. The race largely stayed together until the high winds in the final 10km, with the decisive splits occurring 2km from the finish. Chris Froome missed the first split, losing eight seconds to rival Vincenzo Nibali, but gained five more seconds on Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet.

Monday, 21 August - Stage 3: Prades Conflent Canigo - Andorra la Vella, 158.5km (98.5 miles)

Vincenzo Nibali
Vincenzo Nibali is one of six cyclists who have won the three Grand Tours in their career

Winner: Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)

Report: Froome takes Vuelta lead after stage three

Chris Froome became the new leader of the Vuelta a Espana on Monday after finishing third in the mountainous stage three as Italian Vincenzo Nibali snatched the stage win in the final 400m of the race in the Pyrenees in Andorra.

Tuesday, 22 August - Stage 4: Escaldes-Engordany - Tarragona, 198.2km (123.2 miles)

Matteo Trentin
Matteo Trentin won his first Vuelta a Espana stage to add to victories at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France

Winner: Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step Floors)

Report: Trentin wins stage four as Froome retains lead

The peloton left Andorra on a largely flat route, ending in the first stage finish in Spain of this year's race. Stephane Rossetto and Diego Rubio attacked the early break with 70km remaining but were caught inside the final 10km. Matteo Trentin won the bunch sprint - he has now won a stage in all three Grand Tours - while Britain's Chris Froome retained the leader's red jersey.

Wednesday, 23 August - Stage 5: Benicassim - Alcossebre, 175.7km (109.2 miles)

Alexey Lutsenko
Lutsenko won his national time trial championship in 2015

Winner: Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana)

Report: Froome extends lead as Lutsenko wins

Leader Chris Froome says he learned "a lot about his rivals" as he improved his advantage over the rest of the field. Lutsenko's biggest victory of his career came after he went off the front of a breakaway group and kept the chasers at bay.

Thursday, 24 August - Stage 6: Vila-real - Sagunt, 204.4km (127 miles)

Tomasz Marczynski
Marczynski, who finished 47th at the Giro d'Italia back in May, celebrates his maiden Grand Tour stage win

Winner: Tomasz Marczynski (Pol/Lotto-Soudal)

Report: Froome extends overall lead by one second

Another day for the breakaway and Poland's Tomasz Marczynski claims his first Grand Tour stage winning the three-man sprint for the line. Tejan van Garderen, Chris Froome's nearest rival before the stage, crashes twice to lose time as Esteban Chaves moves up to second overall.

Friday, 25 August - Stage 7: Lliria - Cuenca, 207km (128.6 miles)

Matej Mohoric
Mohoric became the fourth rider to win his first Grand Tour stage with victory on Friday

Winner: Matej Mohoric (Slo/UAE Team Emirates)

Report: Froome maintains 11-second lead

Matej Mohoric, 22, produced a stunning finish, breaking clear 10km from the finish line to win his first Grand Tour stage. There was little change in the general classification with Chris Froome finishing safely in the bunch alongside his rivals to maintain his slender advantage.

Saturday, 26 August - Stage 8: Hellin - Xorret de Cati, 199.5km (124 miles)

Julian Alaphilippe wins stage eight
Alaphilippe joined the growing group of first-time Grand Tour winners at this year's Vuelta

Winner: Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors)

Report: Froome attacks rivals to extend lead

Chris Froome attacks his rivals late in the day on a testing climb prior to a steep descent to the finish line to extend his lead to 28 seconds over Esteban Chaves. France's Julian Alaphilippe took victory on the 199km stage eight.

Sunday, 27 August - Stage 9: Orihuela - Cumbre del Sol, 174km (108.1 miles)

Chris Froome
Froome also won a model building to add to his collection of red jerseys

Winner: Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

Report: Froome wins stage to further extend race lead

Chris Froome attacks 500m from the finish on an uphill drag to take his first stage win of this year's race and move a few more seconds clear of his general classification rivals. The Briton now leads Colombia's Esteban Chaves by 36 seconds after delivering another psychological blow to those chasing the overall victory.

Monday, 28 August - rest day, Provincia de Alicante

Tuesday, 29 August - Stage 10: Caravaca Ano Jubilar 2017 - ElPozo Alimentacion, 164.8km (102.4 miles)

Matteo Trentin
Matteo Trentin followed up his first Vuelta win with a second seven days later

Winner: Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step Floors)

Report: Froome retains Vuelta lead as Trentin wins stage

Italian Matteo Trentin pulls clear of a 15-man breakaway to beat Jose Joaquin Rojas and Jaime Roson Garcia to the line and claim his second stage victory of the race. Britain's Chris Froome retains his overall lead, with Ireland's Nicolas Roche moving into a share of second place with Colombian Esteban Chaves.

Wednesday, 30 August - Stage 11: Lorca - Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto, 187.5km (116.5 miles)

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez won Stage 11 and was presented with a rather stylish snow globe
Miguel Angel Lopez beat Chris Froome by 14 seconds

Winner: Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)

Report: Chris Froome extends lead as Lopez wins stage 11

Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez surges to victory with 2km to go of a mountainous stage in the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia. Britain's Chris Froome finishes second on the stage and increases his overall lead to one minute 19 seconds, as Italian Vincenzo Nibali moves up to second overall. Esteban Chaves finishes 17th, losing more than two minutes on the day to slip to third overall.

Thursday, 31 August - Stage 12: Motril - Antequera, 160.1km (99.5 miles)

Tomasz Marczynski
Tomasz Marczynski became the second rider to win more than one stage in this year's Vuelta

Winner: Tomasz Marczynski (Pol/Lotto-Soudal)

Report: Froome crashes twice as overall lead is cut

Poland's Tomasz Marczynski claims his second stage win of the race. He led with 21.5km to go and won by 52 seconds. Britain's Chris Froome crashes twice and finishes 20 seconds behind the main group of general classification favourites, including second-placed Vincenzo Nibali. The Team Sky rider now leads the Italian by 59 seconds.

Friday, 1 September - Stage 13: Coin - Tomares, 198.4km (123.3 miles)

Matteo Trentin
Matteo Trentin beat fellow Italian Gianni Moscon in a sprint to win his third stage of the Vuelta

Winner: Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step Floors)

Report: Froome maintains lead in Vuelta a Espana

Italy's Matteo Trentin wins his third stage, beating compatriot Gianni Moscon in a sprint, while Chris Froome finishes safely in seventh place. The Team Sky rider maintains his 59 second lead over Vincenzo Nibali.

Saturday, 2 September - Stage 14: Ecija - Sierra de La Pandera, 175km (108.7 miles)

Rafal Majka
Rafal Majka won stage 14, plus a collection of small trees

Winner: Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-hansgrohe)

Report: Froome protects his overall lead as Rafal Majka wins stage

Rafal Majka claimed a breakaway victory on stage 14's summit finish while Chris Froome protected his overall lead. Team Sky's Froome countered several attacks from Nibali on the day's final climb, but the Italian pushed on to take the time bonus for third place.

Sunday, 3 September -Stage 15: Alcala la Real - Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil, 129km (80.2 miles)

Miguel Angel Lopez
Miguel Angel Lopez claimed another stage win as Chris Froome increased his overall lead

Winner: Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)

Report:Froome extends lead in high mountains

Chris Froome increased his overall lead on another tough day as Miguel Angel Lopez impressively won stage 15. Team Sky wore down an attack by Vincenzo Nibali, second overall, on the final climb and Froome finished strongly to add six more seconds to his lead over the Italian and take it back out over a minute.

Monday, 4 September - rest day, Logrono

Tuesday, 5 September - Stage 16: Circuito de Navarra - Logrono, 40.2km (25 miles) Individual time trial

Chris Froome
Froome's victory was his fifth career stage win at the Vuelta

Winner: Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

Report: Froome dominates time trial to extend lead

Team Sky's four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome produced a dominant performance to increase his overall lead over Vincenzo Nibali by 57 seconds. Team Sunweb's Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman was second on the stage, 29 seconds slower, enough to move him up to third overall, with Alberto Contador moving up to fifth with a determined effort.

Wednesday, 6 September - Stage 17: Villadiego - Los Machucos, 180.5km (112.2 miles)

Stefan Denifl
Stefan Denifl won his first Grand Tour stage

Winner: Stefan Denifl (Aut/Aqua Blue Sport)

Report: Froome has lead cut as Denifl wins stage 17

Chris Froome had his lead cut by 42 seconds as Austrian Stefan Denifl won stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana. Froome, who won Tuesday's time trial, struggled on the gruelling final climb to Los Machucos, conceding time to second placed Vincenzo Nibali.

Thursday, 7 September - Stage 18: Suances - Santo Toribio de Liebana, 169km (105 miles)

Alberto Contador and Chris Froome
Froome (right) also repelled attacks from Spain's Alberto Contador on the climb to the summit finish

Winner: Sander Armee (Bel/Lotto-Soudal)

Report: Froome puts more time into Nibali

While Sander Armee was claiming his maiden Grand Tour victory, the main excitement was taking place further down the final ascent to the finish with race leader Chris Froome responding superbly to losing time to Vincenzo Nibali the day before by riding clear of the Italian to improve his advantage to more than 90 seconds. The race is beautifully poised for a big showdown on the Angliru on Saturday's penultimate stage.

Friday, 8 September - Stage 19: Caso. Parque Natural de Redes - Gijon, 149.7km (93 miles)

Thomas de Gendt
Thomas de Gendt became the latest rider to win a stage in all three Grand Tours with victory in Gijon

Winner: Thomas de Gendt (Bel/Lotto-Soudal)

Report: Froome maintains lead before deciding stage

With the overall favourites looking to rest as much as possible before Saturday's testing stage, the peloton allowed a large breakaway to go clear early on. Ivan Garcia Cortina went solo with 35km to go before he was joined by Romain Bardet, Nicolas Roche and Matej Mohoric in the run-in to Gijon. However, a group of five chasers caught back on, including Thomas de Gendt, who denied Garcia Cortina and Jarlinson Pantano in the sprint to win. Alberto Contador mounted a late attack behind but was reeled in, with Chris Froome easily maintaining his advantage of one minute 37 seconds over Vincenzo Nibali.

Saturday, 9 September - Stage 20: Corvera de Asturias - Alto de l'Angliru, 117.5km (73 miles)

Alberto Contador
Contador is the first Spanish stage winner of this year's race

Winner: Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo)

Report: Froome all-but wins Vuelta after Contador takes one last stage

Chris Froome effectively sealed the Tour-Vuelta double by finishing third, giving him a lead of more than two minutes over Vincenzo Nibali heading into Sunday's largely processional ride around Madrid. In a fitting finale to his career, Spain's Alberto Contador delighted the home fans with an attack on the Angliru that saw him win for one last time before retiring.

Sunday, 10 September - Stage 21: Arroyomolinos - Madrid, 117.6km (73.1 miles)

Alberto Contador on his lap of honour in Madrid
Contador was allowed a lap of honour both during and after the final stage in his home city

Winner: Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step Floors)

Report: Froome completes historic Vuelta victory

Chris Froome finishes safely in Madrid to wrap up a sensational Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana double. But, not content with winning the race, the Briton sprints for 11th place to keep the green points jersey and deny stage winner Matteo Trentin. Alberto Contador gets a fitting send off as he retires from professional cycling.

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