Nakon što je bilo jasno na devet kilometara od cilja, da je Španac iz Astane, Mikel Landa neuhvatljiv za konkurente, u napad je krenuo njegov klupski kolega, Fabio Aru, koji je ubedljivo došao do drugog mesta na etapi, a podijum je kompletirao Ian Bosvel iz Skaj tima.
Bosvelov timski kolega, Kris Frum je u prvim kilometrima 11. etape Vuelte doživeo pad, nakon kojeg je potrošio previše energije da bi sustigao grupu i bilo je jasno da će se Britanac teško oporaviti i nadoknaditi dragocene kalorije.
Šampion Tur de Fransa je uspeo da stigne do cilja, devet minuta posle Lande.
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Gereint Tomas iz Skaja je rekao da je Frum pri padu povredio koleno, stopalo i rame, ali je doneo odluku da nastavi sa takmičenjem.
Fabio Aru na liderskoj poziciji ima 27 sekundi prednosti u odnosu na prvog pratioca, Hoakima Rodrigesa, koji je bio jedan od autora, po mnogima, najteže etape u istoriji Grand tura.
Treće mesto u generalnom poretku Vuelte zauzima Tom Dumolan, Holanđanin iz Džajant-Alpesina, koji za drugoplasiranim kasni tri sekunde.
"The team was incredible today," Aru told reporters.
"This morning we agreed that Landa would go for the stage and he managed to get into the right break and went on to win what was a really difficult stage," he added.
"It was a real demonstration of strength and I'm really happy to be in the leader's jersey.
"There's still 10 stages to go and so we'll take things day by day but we'll try to defend it."
Froome's bid for a rare Tour-Vuelta double after his second triumph in France in July looks to be over and the Briton is now seven and a half minutes off the lead in 15th.
Billed as one of the toughest ever challenges in a grand tour, Wednesday's so-called Queen stage included six classified ascents and more than 5,000 metres of climbing.
There was more trouble for the Tinkoff-Saxo team when Sergio Paulinho was apparently struck by a motorcycle operated by Spanish television broadcaster RTVE.
The incident prompted owner Oleg Tinkov, already angry after a similar incident forced Peter Sagan to pull out last week, to threaten to withdraw the team from the race.
"Sergio Paulinho was hit today by TVE motorcycle and end up at hospital w(ith) 17 stitches," Tinkov wrote on his Twitter account.
"What a messy and shallow race! They pay us NO money for the race and even damage riders," he added.
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