Dumoulin pips Froome to Vuelta stage nine, takes overall lead


CUMBRE DEL SOL, Spain: Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin edged out Chris Froome in a frantic finale to claim victory and the overall race lead on the ninth stage of Spain’s Vuelta on Sunday (Monday in Manila). The Giant-Alpecin rider accelerated past Froome on the final 100m of a category one climb to the finish of the 168.3km stage from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol to win in a time of 4hr 09min 55sec. Froome, who is aiming to become just the third man to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year, was two seconds back with Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez in third. Dumoulin now leads the overall standings by 57 seconds from Rodriguez with overnight leader Esteban Chaves a further two seconds back in third.



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