Froome wins Vuelta time trial to reduce Quintana's lead

BY foxsports • September 9, 2016

CALPE, Spain (AP) Chris Froome took a big bite into Nairo Quintana's lead of the Spanish Vuelta by winning an individual time trial with two days remaining in the race.

The Tour de France champion reduced Quintana's lead of 3 minutes, 37 seconds entering the 19th stage to 1:21 before the penultimate and decisive day.

Froome, who won bronze in the time trial at last month's Olympic Games, sped through the 37-kilometer (22.9-mile) route from Javea and Calpe along the Mediterranean coast in 46 minutes, 33 seconds.

Saturday's 20th stage is a mountainous 193.2-kilometer (120-mile) ride traversing three category-two ascents from Benidorm to a special-category finish at the Alto de Aitana summit.

The three-week race concludes with the traditional finish in Madrid on Sunday.