Chris Froome's hopes of becoming the first rider in 38 years to win the Tour de France and Tour of Spain in the same year were hit by a terrible display in stage 15 on Sunday when he finished two minutes 40 seconds adrift of winner Gianluca Brambilla.
Colombian Nairo Quintana tightened his grip on the red jersey by coming second, three seconds behind Brambilla, stretching his lead over Froome in the general classification from 54 seconds to 3:37.
Colombian Johan Esteban Chaves remains third, a further 20 sec behind Froome, having finished the stage 47 seconds ahead of Froome after riding most of the stage with the Briton.
Quintana and Froome had completed the last two stages together but it quickly became clear that Sunday's race from Sabinanigo to Sallent de Gallego would be different.
Quintana and Spaniard Alberto Contador attempted various early attacks before forming a breakaway group within the first 10km of the 118.5 km stage.
Froome was left in the peloton with Chaves …
It has been one of the more entertaining transfer deadline day sagas. Both Tottenham and Everton were apparently interested in Moussa Sissoko, but eventually it was Spurs who signed the France international. Can anyone work out how Newcastle commanded these sorts of prices? They’ve certainly done well for a side relegated after such a poor previous season. And then there’s the Arsenal problem. But some fans aren’t bothered and have displayed maturity in the face of Sissoko’s Arsenal comments. Hey, this might be a great signing! Give the guy some time. In fact, some might say the Tottenham squad is looking pretty healthy.
Yaya Toure’s agent has criticised Pep Guardiola for humiliating the midfielder by leaving him out of Manchester City’s squad for the Champions League group stages.
The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international has failed to make any of City’s match-day squads for their first three Premier League games of the season with Guardiola saying Toure needs to improve his work rate without the ball.
Joe Hart’s loan move to Torino meant City were unable to fill the eight home-grown spots required by UEFA as part of their 25-man squad, and as a result they have named only 21 players with Toure missing out.
Though critical of Guardiola’s decision, Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk says his client remains determined to force his way into the Spaniard’s plans.
“If he wins the Champions League for City this season then I will travel to England and I will say on television that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world,” Seluk told Sunday Mirror Sport.
“But if City don’t win the Champions League then I h…