Froome falters as Lindeman takes stage on first Vuelta a España mountain

Dutchman Bert-Jan Lindeman took victory from the breakaway as Chris Froome finished nearly 30 seconds behind his GC rivals

28 August 2015
70th Vuelta a Espana
Stage 07 : Jodar - La Alpujarra
1st : LINDEMAN Bert-Jan (NED) Lotto NL - Jumbo
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo) took victory from the breakaway on the first mountain stage proper of the 2015 Vuelta a España, as Chris Froome's (Team Sky) overall hopes were dealt a blow after he failed to stay with his GC rivals on the category one summit finish.

Dutchman Lindeman took the biggest victory of his career after riding in a five-man break, also including Carlos Quintero (Colombia), Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural), Jérôme Cousin (Europcar) and Ilia Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida) from the 12km mark.

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Richard Windsor

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