"Chris Froome said I could join Vuelta a España attack," says Sky's Nicolas Roche

Irishman reveals that a crucial mistake in the final 500m cost him a possible stage win

Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) finishes third on stage two of the 2015 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Chris Froome gave Sky team-mate Nicolas Roche the green light to go for the first summit finish of the Vuelta a España today to Caminito del Rey, safe in the knowledge that would hold his ground with his general classification rivals.

Roche previewed the 4.7-kilometre climb in Spain's south in training, knew every corner and rise, and picked his moment to attack his rivals Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).

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