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Team SKY Media Day...ALCUDIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 11: Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team SKY attends a Team SKY Media Day on January 11, 2015 in Alcudia, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Froome crashes in Vuelta a Espana

Britain’s Chris Froome remains third in the Vuelta a Espana after a late crash caused chaos on Wednesday’s stage five.

Belgium’s Gianni Meersman sprinted to victory, while Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma retained his overall lead despite being one of the riders caught behind the collision.

Froome and second-placed Alejandro Valverde were part of the bunch sprint having been ahead of the crash.

The accident split the pack in the closing stages and ended the race of Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk, who sustained a suspected broken collarbone.

It was a second win in this year’s Vuelta for Meersman, who held off the challenge of Italy’s Fabio Felline and Kevin Reza of France.

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