Chris Froome: 'I'm looking forward to the business end of the Vuelta'

Sky leader relishing the challenge of the brutally tough Vuelta a España

Chris Froome on stage five of the 2016 Vuelta a España (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) says that we will learn the truth about the favourites and their fitness over the upcoming stages of the Vuelta a España, as the race serves up one summit finish after another in northern Spain.

Froome finished Friday's seventh stage unscathed, unlike three-time winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), who crashed in the final metres. Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing) leads the race; Froome sits third, 34 seconds behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and six seconds ahead of his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange).

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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.