sport news Vuelta stage 2: Adam Blythe third, as Chris Froome drops

A wind-swept finish in Gruissan provided some unforeseen intrigue on Vuelta a Espana stage two as Quick-Step Floors took a one-two ahead of British rider Adam Blythe.

Aqua Blue Sport's Blythe came in after stage winner Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin as fellow Briton Chris Froome moved from eighth to ninth in the overall standings.

Blythe crossed the line of the 203.4km route from Nimes just behind the Quick-Step pair, with Froome eight seconds off the pace in 16th. Of the general classification contenders on Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), who finished with the winners, and Esteban Chavez (Orica-Scott) gained time on the Team Sky rider.

Aqua Blue Sport's Adam Blythe came in after stage winner Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin

Aqua Blue Sport's Adam Blythe came in after stage winner Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin

Vuelta a Espana favourite Chris Froome moved from eighth to ninth in the overall standings

Vuelta a Espana favourite Chris Froome moved from eighth to ninth in the overall standings

Froome, who hopes to become just the third man to win the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same year, climbs to ninth overall, 21 seconds behind stage winner and leader Lampaert, while Sheffield-born Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) is a further 18 seconds back in 30th place.

'I think the guys did a great job riding up front all day,' Froome told the Sky website post-stage. 

'I think we were probably a little bit short coming into the final few kilometre, but I'm still happy with that result as I think we did a great ride. 

'The guys kept myself and Wout

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