Chris Froome crashed twice on Thursday as rivals reduced his Vuelta e Espana lead in Stage 12, which was won by Lotto-Soudal rider Tomasz Marczynski.
Four-time Tour de France winner Froome needed help from two Sky teammates to limit the time lost after he tumbled to the asphalt twice on the stage’s long, final descent when trying to respond to a surprise attack by Alberto Contador.
Vincenzo Nibali cut 20 seconds off Froome’s advantage and now trails by 59 seconds.
“It’s never nice to crash like that. I am just grateful that I am not injured,” Froome said.
While Froome chased his title rivals, Marczynski clinched his second stage win of this edition.
The Pole separated from the other breakaway riders on the way down from the second of two climbs in the hilly 160.1km ride from Montril to Antequera.
“It was my dream since I was a kid to win a stage at a big race all alone and today that dream came true,” Marczynski said after crossing the finish line in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 45 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of Omar Fraile.
Contador, a three-time Vuelta winner, is set to retire after his home event and is launching attacks on nearly every stage.
The Spaniard knocked 42 seconds off the difference with Froome, yet remained in ninth at 3 minutes, 13 seconds back.
Froome said that the stage was relatively calm “until Contador attacked.”
“I was just focused on coming back to the group and I was very lucky to have two teammates with me,” Froome said.
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan expressed ‘sincere regret’ for publishing the image on its in-house magazine and Web site A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Games logo as the novel coronavirus has been pulled from online after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said that it infringed copyright. The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo Games logo. It appeared on the cover of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s magazine. The Tokyo Games have been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and halted sport worldwide. Club president Khaldon Azhari yesterday said that the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ burgeoning career, but he remains philosophical about the tennis shutdown. The world No. 6 would have been preparing for the French Open that was originally scheduled to start this weekend, but was postponed to September. While he is missing life on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas believes that the lockdown has given the planet a breather. “I actually think they should put us in lockdown once a year — it’s good for nature, it’s good for our planet,” Tsitsipas said in an Instagram Live conversation for At Home With Babsi on Eurosport’s Instagram page. “I
When South Korea’s domestic women’s golf tour held its premier event last week — without spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic — no fewer than three of the world’s top 10 players took part. The country of 52 million people has a disproportionate share of the women’s world golf rankings, providing eight of the current top 20. In a demonstration of their prominence, South Korean women have won at least one major every season since 2010, with coronavirus cancellations perhaps the biggest threat to their run this year. The phenomenon, players and commentators have said, results from driven parents, intense training, a highly