Chris Froome's maiden Vuelta a Espana triumph saw him take over the red jersey on stage three at Andorra la Vella and carry it all the way to Madrid.

The Team Sky man - the first British rider ever to win the race - eventually finished with a winning margin of 2'15" to second-placed Vincenzo Nibali, and also won the green points jersey (and white combination jersey) in the process.

And while it may ultimately look like a convincing win, on the road it was anything but as the race ebbed and flowed throughout the three weeks.

Chris Froome, 2017, Vuelta a Espana, red jersey, Team Sky, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, 2017, Vuelta a Espana, red jersey, Team Sky, pic - Sirotti

Froome won two stages, a mountain stage to Cumbre del Sol and a time trial to Logrono, but also had to bounce back from crashes and struggling on the brutal slopes of Los Machucos.

Ultimately, however, he finished third on the penutlimate stage, on the fierce Alto de l'Angliru, to ride into Paris in the red jersey and seal an historic Tour-Vuelta double.

Here, in 20 stunning images, is how Chris Froome won the 2017 Vuelta a Espana...

Team Sky started the 2017 Vuelta a Espana in strong form with fourth place in the opening time trial, allowing Froome to gain time on nearly all of his GC rivals. The course, in Nimes, passed through the Roman ampitheathre (Pic: Sirotti)

Team Sky, team time trial, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, turbo trainer, warm down, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, turbo trainer, warm down, pic - Sirotti

Team Sky too were in dominant form, with Froome on the radio to thank his team-mates here after Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels and Gianni Moscon - his three key domestiques at the critical points in each stage - had led him and the peloton across the finish line

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, radio, pic - Sirotti

Froome's form showed on the Xorret de Catí climb, as only Alberto Contador was able to stick with him on the climb (Pic: Sirotti)

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, threshold, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, attack, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, attack, pic - Sirotti

And his celebrations upon crossing the line showed exactly what the victory meant to him (Pic: Sirotti)

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, salute, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, tired, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, tired, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, attack, 2, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, attack, 2, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, Wout Poels, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, Wout Poels, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, crash, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, crash, pic - Sirotti

Froome allayed any fears of serious injury by finishing seventh the following day on a highly technical sprint finale. His attentiveness not only kept him in the race lead, and saw him gain time on some rivals caught behind a split, but also ensured he co

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, crash, bandages, pic - Sirotti

After carrying the red jersey into the second rest day, Froome extended his overall advantage with his second stage win as he dominated the stage 16 time trial. Last man out onto the course, Froome was 29 seconds clear of his nearest challenger on the day

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, time trial, aero, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, climb, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, attack, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, attack, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, Wout Poels, Alto de l'Angliru, pic - Sirotti

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, Wout Poels, Alto de l'Angliru, pic - Sirotti

Froome and Poels celebrate their performance on the Angliru. The Dutchman went on to finish sixth overall himself - his best ever Grand Tour finish (Pic: Sirotti)

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, Team Sky, red jersey, Wout Poels, pic - Sirotti

Froome rode into Madrid on a red Pinarello Dogma F10 as he celebrated his famous victory. There was still one task left to do, however... (Pic: Sirotti)

Chris Froome, Pinarello Dogma F10, red jersey, Team Sky, Vuelta a Espana, pic - Sirotti

Alongside winning the red jersey, Froome also win the green points classification jersey thanks to an 11th-place finish on the final day. It was just enough to beat Matteo Trentin by two points after three weeks of consistent performances (Pic: Sirotti)

Chris Froome, Vuelta a Espana, 2017, green jersey, podium, Team Sky, pic - Sirotti

Froome is the first man to win the Tour de France and then go on to win the Vuelta a Espana in the same year, and only the third man to do the double in the same season after Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault (who both achieved their doubles when the V

Chris Froome, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Grand Tour double, red jersey, Team Sky, podium, 2017, pic - Sirotti