Froome: 'I thought it was going to be like 2015 with Dumoulin, but refused to let that happen again'

Chris Froome says he fought to win the Vuelta a España's ninth stage on Cumbre del Sol and avoid a repeat of his loss there in 2015

Chris Froome rides ahead of Esteban Chaves to win stage nine of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Chris Froome refuses to make the same mistakes again in the Vuelta a España, on stage nine taking revenge where he narrowly lost in 2015 on the Cumbre del Sol climb above the Costa Blanca.

In 2015, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) emerged as a Grand Tour rider with his summit finish win ahead of Sky's captain. Froome wanted the trophy this time as a way to underline his red jersey lead.

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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.