Chris Froome battles to maintain deficit on tough Vuelta a España stage 17

Nairo Quintana looked to deliver the knockout punch to Chris Froome on stage 17 of the Vuelta a España but the Brit battled back to stay 3-37 down

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) battled gallantly to ensure he lost no more time on race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on another tough day at the Vuelta a España.

Mathias Frank took IAM Cycling's second win of the race from the breakaway on the stage which finished with a brutal climb to Penygolosa, but the key battle was being waged four minutes behind in the peloton.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.