Chris Froome second in Vuelta a Espana

Chris Froome
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Chris Froome is just one second off the lead after four stages of the Vuelta a Espana.

Chris Froome has moved into second place in the Vuelta a Espana after the fourth stage in the Basque country.

The 27-year-old, Team Sky's lead rider for the tour, finished one minute and four seconds behind the race winner Simon Clarke, of Orica-GreenEdge.

He now trails Katusha's Joaquim Rodríguez by just one second, while Saxo Bank-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador lurks four seconds behind the Olympic bronze medallist in third.

Clarke recorded his first professional win by out-sprinting Tony Martin on the closing strait after the pair had broken away from the peloton.

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