Chris Froome in action for Team Sky (file photo). Victor R. Caivano/AP/Press Association Images

La Vuelta: Froome and Wiggins fly Sky high

Britain’s Chris Froome is the new leader of the Vuelta after today’s time trial stage.

BRITAIN’S TEAM SKY had a memorable day at the Vuelta a Espana today as Chris Froome’s excellent time trial saw him capture the race leader’s red jersey.

South African-born Froome, who started the stage in 14th place overall, finished the 47km trial around Santander in second place, 59 seconds behind winner Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad).

With overnight leader Bauke Mollema only able to finish down the field in 25th, that performance was good enough to move Froome into the general classification lead, 12 seconds ahead of Denmark’s Jacob Fulsgang (Leopard-Trek).

The Briton’s Team Sky colleague, Bradley Wiggins, lies third in the red jersey race after he claimed the final podium spot today. Last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) moves up to fourth place overall.

After winning his maiden Grand Tour stage yesterday, Ireland’s Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) had a disappointing afternoon. He dropped back to 24th in the G.C. after ending the afternoon down the field in 98th place, while Nicolas Roche’s 36th-place finish saw him move him up two spots to 17th.

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