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Froome lead cut as Shark bares teeth CYCLING; Updated reports from around the world.

CHRIS FROOME saw a rider nicknamed 'the Shark' take a nibble out of his lead in La Vuelta.

Rafal Majka grabbed the victory on the 109-mile stage 14, which finished with the climb to Sierra de La Pandera.

Froome, bidding to become only the third rider to win La Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year, crossed the line 31 seconds down on the Polish rider.

s However, Froome's lead was trimmed by four seconds as Vincenzo Nibali - nicknamed the Shark - pipped him to third place on the day, picking up four bonus seconds on the line.

The Italian now trails Team Sky rider Froome (above) by 55 seconds.

Majka had been part of a breakaway and made the decisive move with six miles remaining to cross the line 27 seconds ahead of Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, with Nibali and Froome following four seconds further back.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2017
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