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Froome celebrates his victory with the rest of Team Sky
Froome celebrates his victory with the rest of Team Sky / JOSÉ JORDAN/ AFP

Chris Froome claims historic Vuelta victory in Madrid

  • The Briton is now joint seventh in the all-time Grand Tour leaderboard with five titles

La Vuelta a España came to an end on Sunday as Chis Froome (Team Sky) became the first British cyclist to win the Spanish grand tour. Victory in the race which culminated in Madrid gives Froome his fifth major title overall having won four Tour de France titles.

The 32-year-old becomes only the third rider in history to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year, alongside Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault - the latter the last to do so in 1978.

The final stage was won by the Italian, Matteo Trentin, who became the 100th rider to win at least one stage in three grand tours. Despite finishing in 11th place in the final stage, Froome remained top of the general classification leaderboard, having first put on the red jersey in the third stage and never relinquishing it.

A perfect farewell

Spaniard, Alberto Contador, who announced before the competition that this would be his last, narrowly missed out on a podium finish despite winning the 20th stage on the penultimate day. The gruelling Angliru mountain climb is a notoriously difficult stage but Contador was able to claim a victory on home soil to close his successful career.

The Trek rider won seven grand tours in his fruitful career, two more than Chris Froome who still has work to do to match the Spaniard's impressive record.

The Madrid-born cyclist finished fifth in the overall rankings, behind Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman. Joining Froome on the podium were Russia's Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha Alpecin) in third, and Italian Vicenzo Nibali (Bahrian-Merida) as runner-up.