Chris Froome: 'I didn't need to drop the other guys with Contador'

Froome followed Contador's attacks on the final climb of Vuelta a España stage six, but wasn't willing to work to drop rival contenders

Chris Froome finishes with the GC contenders group on stage six of the Vuelta a España

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome (Sky), leader of the Vuelta a España, applauded Alberto Contador’s attack in the sixth stage to Sagunt, but felt that there was no need to join him in order to gain time on his rivals.

The three-time Vuelta winner of team Trek-Segafredo fired on the final climb of the stage, the Puerto del Garbí, and split the lead group. At one point, after Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) crashed, only Froome remained with Contador and Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), who had returned from an early escape.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.