Chris Froome vows to keep fighting for victory at the Vuelta a España

The Team Sky rider says his chances took a big blow on Sunday's stage 15, but he'll do everything he can to over turn his deficit to race leader Nairo Quintana

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Team Sky's Chris Froome faces a difficult three-and-a-half minute deficit with only five days left to race in the Vuelta a España this week, but insists he will keep fighting for his first victory in the Spanish tour.

Froome sat in an optimal striking distance, only 54 seconds back before last weekend. On Sunday, however, Sky faded quickly and Froome, isolated, lost 2-43 minutes to race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar). He admits that it is too much even for him to make up in the 37 kilometre time trial on Friday.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.