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Froome assumes lead in Vuelta

Updated: Monday, 29 Aug 2011 21:18

Chris Froome
Chris Froome

Team Sky enjoyed a memorable day on the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, with Chris Froome taking the leader's red jersey with Bradley Wiggins bursting into the top three.

HTC's Tony Martin was the winner of the 47-kilometre state around Salamanca, recording a time of 55 minutes and 54 seconds.

Froome was just 59 seconds behind him, though, with Wiggins a further 23 second back.

Today's gains mean Froome has moved 13 places up the general classification, and he leads the race from Jakob Fuglsang by 12 seconds.

Wiggins, his more illustrious team-mate, is only 20 seconds off the lead in third place, and will be viewing Wednesday`s arduous 167km ride from Verin to Estacion de Montana Manzaneda as his chance to seize control of the race.

Nicolas Roche now stands 17th overall after finishing 36th on Monday, while Daniel Martin came home in 98th place and drops down the classifications to 24th.

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