Chris Froome still confident of Vuelta a España victory despite losing time on stage 17

Only three stages remain before the race hits Madrid

Chris Froome lost significant time on the steep climb of Los Machucos

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) remains confident of securing overall victory in the Vuelta a España in Madrid on Sunday despite losing 42 seconds to main rival Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) on the brutally steep climb to the Los Machucos summit.

Although his lead now stands at just 1-16 over the Italian with just three crucial days left, Froome insisted, "this is a great position to be in."

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.