Chris Froome drops out of Vuelta a España contention as Mikel Landa wins stage 11

Early crash for Chris Froome sees him struggle through a relentless Vuelta a España mountain stage - Fabio Aru takes race lead from Tom Dumoulin on good day for Astana - Photos by Graham Watson and Yuzuru Sunada

Chris Froome in action during Stage 11 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana

(Image credit: Watson)

Tour de France champion Chris Froome's hopes of winning a second Grand Tour looked in tatters after stage 11 of the Vuelta a España. Sky leader Froome crashed early on in the brutal mountains stage, and looked in difficultly with his injuries over the day's six categorised climbs, dropping out of the top 10 after finishing over eight minutes down.

Astana enjoyed a better day, with Spaniard Mikel Landa winning the stage and Italian Fabio Aru coming home in second to claim the overall race lead from Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). American Ian Boswell handed Sky a consolation prize by finishing the stage in third place.

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