Italy’s Gianluca Brambilla won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Nairo Quintana took a huge step towards sealing his second Grand Tour win by extending his overall lead to 3mins 37secs over Chris Froome.

Quintana and three-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador formed part of an early breakaway group on the short, hilly 118.5km stage from Sabinanigo to Aramon Formigal and were never caught by Froome as the Tour de France champion finished 2min 37secs back on Quintana.

Brambilla edged out Quintana at the finish in a time of 2hrs 54mins 30secs with Fabio Felline third. – Agence France-Presse

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