Froome concedes ground to rivals at Valdelinares

Right up until two kilometres from the summit of Valdelinares, it seemed as though Team Sky’s normal programming had been resumed. A flotilla of men in black had dictated terms through the final two hours of stage 9 of the Vuelta a España, and in the dwindling red jersey group, the overall contenders seemed almost to be bracing themselves for the ferocity of Chris Froome’s inevitable attack.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.