Chris Froome says he is 'really happy' with Vuelta a Espana lead

Tomasz Marczynski

Former Vuelta victor Alberto Contador shook up the race when he attacked from distance.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) joined him before going on alone for his second stage win of the race.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome maintained his lead after coming across seconds later with his other title rivals.

"As soon as the breakaway went the guys went up to the front and they basically controlled the race, nearly from the start to finish, so hats off to them".

Just before the second rest day on Monday, this short stage (129,4 km) will see the riders climb two passes of 1st category before the final ascent.

"Today wasn't easy for our team, we had to ride nearly 150kilometres at the front", she continued.

Kelderman was third, a further nine seconds adrift, but both he and Zakarin remain over two minutes behind Froome.

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Lopez followed an attack by Alberto Contador away from the group of general classification favourites and then reeled in Britain's Adam Yates, who had attacked 25km out in search of his first Grand Tour win.

Froome, once again helped to a strong finish by Team Sky team-mates Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve, finished fifth, with Nibali seventh.

"Sleep all day", confessed Froome when asked of his plans for the rest day.

Team Sky rider Froome, who is bidding to become only the third rider to win La Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year, produced a late surge to stretch his advantage over Vincenzo Nibali by six more seconds.

"It's an wonderful feeling to finish off today and still to be the leader of three competitions - the red, the white and the green jersey as well - and to have survived a stage like today", Froome told Team Sky's official website.

"I want to enjoy myself, just like I've been enjoying myself up to now", he continued.

"I'm not happy because I win, I'm happy for my teammates because today we did a very good job and the team all the time trusted me".

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