Tour of Spain: Majka wins in the summit, Froome resists Nibali

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez celebrates winning the 11th stage of

The Team Sky rider came fifth in stage 15's mountain finish in the Sierra Nevada after a triple whammy of climbs, 47 seconds behind Colombian stage victor Miguel Angel Lopez.

Froome, seeking to become only the third rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year, countered the move by his closest rival, Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, on the final climb and widened his advantage over him by six seconds. "I was really confident".

Saturday's stage was the first of two back-to-back summit finishes which will have a big say in whether Froome succeeds in becoming the first rider in 39 years to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year.

"I was aware of the bonus seconds at the end but I wasn't too bothered to be honest", said Froome.

Monday brings a welcome break for the peloton with the second rest day before Froome is expected to build on his lead once more on the only individual time trial of the race in Burgos on Tuesday.

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"I tried my best so I can't be disappointed with that". Rui Costa is a former world champion and a multiple Tour de France stage victor; Rafal Majka has also won three stages on the Tour, plus the polka dot jersey, and his climbing abilities need no introduction.

"There was a lot of big attacks today and the team stayed with me", said Froome. I think it was the right decision, we've kept the energy for the stage tomorrow [Sunday], " responded Froome.

Sunday is another gruelling mountain stage with a 129.4km ride from Alcalá la Real to Alto Hoya de la Mora, Sierra Nevada.

We knew Majka was stronger than most of us in this kind of stage finish and his teammates did a great job in supporting him throughout.

Lopez' victory resolved all doubt he could've been a one-hit wonder after his 11th stage victory, showing the cycling world the 23-year-old Astana rider must be taken seriously.

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