Stage 14 of the Vuelta finished in Sierra de la Pandera with UAE Team Emirates' Rui Costa crossing the finish line in 25th place.
Monday is the second rest day of the race, which continues on Tuesday with the individual time trial, where Froome will be looking to strike another blow in his bid to become the first rider in 39 years to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same season.More news: Arsenal Make £90 Million Bid For Thomas Lemar
"I tried my best so I can't be disappointed with that".
At the time of going to press, Chris Froome is still leading the pack after he finished second on the 11 stage, 187.5km route from Lorca to Observatorio de Calar Alto. "I was a bit afraid at the beginning - I spent a lot of energy and had to sprint like 100 times just to get in the breakaway", Polish rider Marczynski told reporters after doubling his grand tour stage win tally.
Russia's Ilnur Zakarin moved up to third overall by finishing second behind Lopez, 36 seconds off the pace, with Wilco Kelderman third on the 129.4km ride from Alcala la Real. "It's fantastic. I came in this race with confidence but I never expected something like this". Four bonus seconds to Nibali that's alright - I'll take that for today and safe my legs for tomorrow.More news: New Uber boss targets IPO within 18-36 months
"We've seen everything in this Vuelta: crashes, attacks, I think I can expect everything next week", he added.
A late surge by Froome over the final meters of the punishing ride and a final special-category ascent allowed him to increase the gap over Vincenzo Nibali from 55 seconds to 1:01. "This will be one of the most decisive of the Vuelta", prophesies Froome.
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The final week of the race will stay in the north before its finish in Madrid on September 10.