Watch: Chris Froome’s Vuelta struggles captured by on-bike footage from ‘hardest ever stage’

On-bike cameras capture Chris Froome's valiant effort to finish the brutal mountain stage 11 of the Vuelta a España

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Chris Froome‘s determined effort to ride through the pain of his injuries were captured by on-bike cameras during stage 11 of the Vuelta a España on Wednesday.

The Team Sky leader crashed early on in the stage that featured six high mountain passes, suffering injuries to his shoulder, leg and foot. Although he finished the stage, he lost over seven minutes to overall rival and new race leader Fabio Aru (Astana), ending any hope for a Tour de France-Vuelta a España double.

Froome has now withdrawn from the race after being diagnosed with a fractured navicular, a bone in the foot.

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The footage shows Froome, head down, being paced by team-mate Geraint Thomas over the six categorised climbs packed into the 138-kilometre stage from Andorra. As the weather rapidly changes in the mountains, Froome is seen removing his windproof jacket and handing it back to the team car.

Also shown are the sweeping views afforded from the mountains, as riders take hairpin bends at palm-sweating speeds.

The stage was won by Spaniard Mikel Landa (Astana), who attacked from a 19-man escape group to claim the stage ahead of team-mate and new race leader Aru. Sky’s Ian Boswell placed third after also spending the day in the escape group.

The video was produced by team organisation Velon, which has been editing together on-bike footage from riders in the peloton throughout the 2015 season.