Navarro's Late Attack Enough For Stage Victory

Cycle//Vuelta a España


Spain's Dani Navarro claimed his first Grand Tour stage win with a powerful late breakaway at the Vuelta a España, much to the delight of the home crowd, as fellow countryman Alberto Contador retained his overall lead.

Navarro timed his attacked to perfection, pulling clear of the peloton with a little over two kilometres to go as the road reared up for a short stretch.

The hilly 188.7km 13th stage from Belorado to Obregon saw Daniel Moreno of Spain finish second with Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman third.

Contador finished alongside his main rivals to retain his 20-second race lead over fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde with Britain's Chris Froome 80 seconds adrift in fourth.

Cofidis rider Navarro seemed to take his rivals by surprise when he sped away from the pack on a steep slope near the finish.

"Dani is a great rider. The other day he asked me why I made the move and caught him on the climb. Of course it was because I wanted to test my rivals in the GC but today it was the opposite situation," Contador said.

"I'm glad that he was able to win after such a strong and well-timed attack. A stage in the Vuelta is very important."

The result means there was no change at the top of the overall standings, with Tinkoff-Saxo's Contador maintaining his advantage over Movistar rider Valverde, with third-placed Colombian Rigoberto Uran 68 second back.

Stage Thirteen Result

1. Daniel Navarro 4hrs 21mins 4secs
2. Daniel Moreno +2 secs
3. Wilco Kelderman - same time
4. Alejandro Valverde +5 secs
5. Nacer Bouhanni - same time
6. Damiano Caruso 
7. Alberto Contador 
8. Robert Gesink 
9. Daniel Martin 
10. Gianluca Brambilla

General Classification

1. Alberto Contador 48hrs 59mins 23secs
2. Alejandro Valverde +20secs
3. Rigoberto Uran +1min 08secs
4. Chris Froome +1min 20secs
5. Joaquim Rodriguez +1min 35secs
6. Samuel Sanchez +1min 52secs
7. Fabio Aru +2mins 13secs
8. Winner Anacona +2mins 37secs
9. Robert Gesink +2mins 55secs
10. Damiano Caruso +3mins 51secs

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