Chris Froome set for Vuelta a Espana podium place

Chris Froome and Team Sky happy with performance in Vuelta a Espana so far, which sees Froome sit in second spot overall behind Alberto Contador

Chris Froome on stage eleven of the 2014 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

As the Vuelta a Espana reached its final rest day before the race finish in Santiago de Compostella next Sunday, all the riders were happy to have finished a tough three days in the mountains of Cantabria and Asturias, though you suspect that some were more relieved than others.

With four hill or mountain-top finishes on the trot and wins going to Daniel Navarro (Cofidis), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), the general classification was also given a good shake, with Contador coming out on top and looking set for the win. Behind him, Chris Froome (Team Sky) emerged as possibly Contador’s most serious rival, for it was he who attacked on the road to the summit at La Farrapona, a 16.5km first category climb which topped out at 1,705m.

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