Chris Froome extends lead after attacking rivals on Vuelta a España stage eight

Race leader Chris Froome gains time on his general classification rivals on stage eight's key final climb as Julian Alaphilippe takes the stage victory

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador finish stage eight of the 2017 Vuelta a España.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) extended his overall lead in the 2017 Vuelta a España after attacking his general classification rivals alongside Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

The pair left their rivals behind on the Alto Xorret de Catí climb within the final five kilometres, gaining crucial time. Froome stretched out his lead over second-placed Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) to 28 seconds, with Irishman Nicolas Roche (BMC) in third at 41 seconds.

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