Miguel Angel Lopez wins 15th Vuelta stage, Froome keeps lead

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Bora-Hansgrohe rider Rafal Majka clinched victory in Stage 14 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana on Saturday after emerging on top after a fearless last-gasp climb to Sierra de la Pandera.

Majka, who came third overall in La Vuelta in 2015, joined a breakaway group of 10 riders 20km into the race and outlasted them all, burning away from Bart De Clercq, Rui Costa and Patrick Konrad in the final 10km, just before the climb kicked in, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Miguel Angel Lopez.

Sierra de la Pandera - The Polish Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), won Saturday's 14th stage of the Tour of Spain at the summit of the Sierra de la Pandera, in Andalusia, where the red jersey Chris Froome has somehow resisted the onslaught of his runner-up Vincenzo Nibali. "I was really confident".

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Nibali did gain four bonus seconds on Froome, but the Team Sky rider still heads the GC by 55 seconds from his Bahrain-Merida rival.

Nibali attacked Froome on the climb, but the four-time Tour de France victor kept him close and then closed the gap with 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) left on the punishing final ascent. "Now I'm just so happy, not because I won, but for my teammates", Majka said. "I knew I had good legs". The Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) completes the provisional podium in 2 min. Esteban Chaves fell to fifth behind Ilnur Zakarin.

Matteo Trentin showed he is the sprinter in form at the Vuelta a España, landing his third stage win of this year's race on Friday. The 15th stage is a 129.4-kilometer (80.4-mile) ride over two category-one climbs before a special-category finish at Alta Hoya de la Mora.

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