After a well-deserved rest day the riders of this year’s Vuelta a Espana were back in the saddle for a fairly gentle stage 11 and a 168 kilometre trip to Pena Cabarga in northern Spain.
The real action of the day kicked off in the final few kilometres where title rivals Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana slugged it out on the short but very steep finish – a finish where Froome clinched his maiden grand tour victory five years ago.
It was a battled that thrilled the hundreds of fans that had gathered on the sides of the steep road.
Froome and Colombian Quintana continued to attack each other, trying to deliver the ultimate blow.
But, in the end the climb to Pena Cabarga again proved happy hunting ground for British three-time Tour de France winner Froome.
In the final few hundred metres he put his foot down and accelerated away from his principle rival to take the win.
Quintana managed to hold on to the overall race lead but has Froome 54 seconds behind with 10 stages left.