Cavendish Scores Third Vuelta Stage Win

SALAMANCA, Spain – British sprint king Mark Cavendish produced another trademark finish to win the 18th stage of the Tour of Spain here Thursday, his third individual victory in this year’s event.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the race leader’s red jersey after the 148.9 km ride from Valladolid to Salamanca.

The Liquigas rider holds a 39sec overall lead over Spain’s Ezequiel Mosquera of the Xacobeo team.

The title decider is fully expected to come on Saturday’s mountainous penultimate stage, a 168.8km ride which ends on the summit of the Bola del Mundo in the Guadarrama mountain range northwest of Madrid.

“Ezequiel Mosquera and I will fight it out for the Tour in the Bola del Mundo,” Nibali said in Salamanca. “I suppose that others will attack me but he’s the most dangerous.”

Thursday’s route included no major climbs and produced no big surprises.

A group of eight riders staged a breakaway just minutes after the start, but they were reeled in with just a few kilometres from the finish, and it was left to the sprinters to fight for the victory.

Cavendish completed the stage in three hours, 27 minutes and 11 seconds, leading a pack of 13 riders who finished with the same time. Second was Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina and third Portugual’s Manuel Cardoso.

The Isle of Man rider, who many consider the best sprinter in the world, also scored back-to-back stage victories in the 12th and 13th stages.

Cavendish already has a remarkable 15 stage victories from the Tour of France over the past three years and five over two years in the Giro d’Italia.

The 25-year-old had the honor of pulling on the Tour of Spain red jersey after the first stage when he led his HTC-Columbia team to victory in the team time trial, relinquishing the lead at the end of the third stage.

“It’s me that crosses the line first but it’s the guys who put me there,” he said Thursday, referring to his teammates.

The stage “was technical, there lots of roundabouts in the last 20 kilometres. We dropped back with about four kilometres to go…I was panicking a bit.”

But he paid tribute to his teammate, Peter Velits, the Slovakian who scored a surprise win in Wednesday’s stage, who took the strain and “put in a kilometer in the wind, and that shows how we work together.”

On Friday, the longest stage in the Tour takes the riders 231.2km from Piedrahita to Toledo and includes one category two climb near the start.

The Tour of Spain, the third of the Grand Tours after the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, wraps up in Madrid on Sunday.

Stage 18 Results:
1. Mark Cavendish (IDM/THR) les 148,9 km en 3h27:11.
2. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG/SAX) à 0:00.
3. Manuel Cardoso (POR/FOT) 0:00.
4. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 0:00.
5. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/COF) 0:00.
6. Robert Förster (GER/MRM) 0:00.
7. Enrique Mata (ESP/FOT) 0:00.
8. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/OLO) 0:00.
9. Wouter Weylandt (BEL/QST) 0:00.
10. Danilo Hondo (GER/LAM) 0:00.
11. Matthew Goss (AUS/THR) 0:00.
12. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR/FDJ) 0:00.
13. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 0:00.
14. Johnnie Walker (AUS/FOT) 0:05.
15. Daniele Bennati (ITA/LIQ) 0:05.
16. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 0:05.
17. Peter Velits (SVK/THR) 0:05.
18. Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (ESP/KGZ) 0:05.
19. Allan Davis (AUS/AST) 0:05.
20. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/GCE) 0:05.
21. Gianni Meersman (BEL/FDJ) 0:05.
22. Sébastian Langeveld (NED/RAB) 0:05.
23. Tony Gallopin (FRA/COF) 0:05.
24. Dario Cataldo (ITA/QST) 0:05.
25. Frank Schleck (LUX/SAX) 0:05.
26. Manuel Ortega (ESP/ACA) 0:05.
27. Nicolas Roche (EIR/ALM) 0:05.
28. Johannes Fröhlinger (GER/MRM) 0:05.
29. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP/EUS) 0:09.
30. Sébastien Minard (FRA/COF) 0:09.
31. Gustavo Cesar (ESP/KGZ) 0:09.
32. Arnaud Labbe (FRA/COF) 0:09.
33. Jan Bakelants (BEL/OLO) 0:09.
34. Andreï Kashechkin (KAZ/LAM) 0:09.
35. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:09.
36. David García (ESP/KGZ) 0:09.
37. Rubén Plaza (ESP/GCE) 0:09.
38. Xavier Tondo (ESP/CTT) 0:09.
39. Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE/SAX) 0:09.
40. Mikel Nieve (ESP/EUS) 0:09.
41. Alexandre Kolobnev (RUS/KAT) 0:09.
42. David Arroyo (ESP/GCE) 0:09.
43. Vincent Jérôme (FRA/BTL) 0:09.
44. Ludovic Turpin (FRA/ALM) 0:09.
45. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA/GCE) 0:09.
46. Valentin Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 0:09.
47. David Moncoutié (FRA/COF) 0:09.
48. Andreas Stauff (GER/QST) 0:09.
49. Josep Jufre (ESP/AST) 0:09.
50. Vladimir Gusev (RUS/KAT) 0:09.
51. Xavier Florencio (ESP/CTT) 0:09.
52. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/KAT) 0:09.
53. Sébastien Hinault (FRA/ALM) 0:09.
54. Carlos Sastre (ESP/CTT) 0:09.
55. Tom Danielson (USA/GRM) 0:09.
56. Rémy Di Grégorio (FRA/FDJ) 0:09.
57. Christophe Le Mével (FRA/FDJ) 0:09.
58. Koldo Fernandez (ESP/EUS) 0:09.
59. Romain Zingle (BEL/COF) 0:09.
60. Niki Terpstra (NED/MRM) 0:09.
61. Andrey Zeits (KAZ/AST) 0:09.
62. Nikolas Maes (BEL/QST) 0:09.
63. Delio Fernández (ESP/KGZ) 0:09.
64. Grischa Niermann (GER/RAB) 0:09.
65. William Bonnet (FRA/BTL) 0:09.
66. Angelo Furlan (ITA/LAM) 0:09.
67. Vladimir Isaichev (RUS/KGZ) 0:09.
68. Antonio Piedra (ESP/ACA) 0:09.
69. Rigoberto Uran (COL/GCE) 0:09.
70. Gonzalo Rabuñal (ESP/KGZ) 0:09.
71. David Lopez (ESP/GCE) 0:09.
72. Mauricio Ardila (COL/RAB) 0:09.
73. Assan Bazayev (KAZ/AST) 0:09.
74. Mathieu Sprick (FRA/BTL) 0:09.
75. Grega Bole (SLO/LAM) 0:09.
76. Inigo Cuesta (ESP/CTT) 0:09.
77. Amets Txurruka (ESP/EUS) 0:09.
78. Joan Horrach (ESP/KAT) 0:09.
79. Jurgen Van Goolen (BEL/OLO) 0:09.
80. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 0:09.
81. Paul Voss (GER/MRM) 0:09.
82. Thomas Peterson (USA/GRM) 0:09.
83. Guillaume Bonnafond (FRA/ALM) 0:09.
84. Mickaël Cherel (FRA/FDJ) 0:09.
85. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP/RAB) 0:09.
86. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS/KAT) 0:09.
87. Gustavo Rodríguez (ESP/KGZ) 0:09.
88. Sébastien Chavanel (FRA/FDJ) 0:09.
89. Sergey Renev (KAZ/AST) 0:09.
90. Filippo Pozzato (ITA/KAT) 0:09.
91. Nick Nuyens (BEL/RAB) 0:09.
92. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/BTL) 0:09.
93. Serafín Martínez (ESP/KGZ) 0:09.
94. Gorka Verdugo (ESP/EUS) 0:09.
95. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA/FOT) 0:09.
96. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ/AST) 0:09.
97. Anders Lund (DEN/SAX) 0:24.
98. Mauro Finetto (ITA/LIQ) 0:29.
99. Björn Schroeder (GER/MRM) 0:29.
100. Dominik Roels (GER/MRM) 0:29.
101. Vicente Garcia Acosta (ESP/GCE) 0:29.
102. Marcos García (ESP/KGZ) 0:32.
103. Jean Christophe Péraud (FRA/OLO) 0:32.
104. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA/AST) 0:32.
105. Jorge Montenegro (ARG/ACA) 0:32.
106. Luis Pasamontes (ESP/GCE) 0:32.
107. Imanol Erviti (ESP/GCE) 0:32.
108. Javier Ramirez (ESP/ACA) 0:32.
109. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 0:32.
110. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/QST) 0:32.
111. Nico Sijmens (BEL/COF) 0:32.
112. Markus Eichler (GER/MRM) 0:32.
113. Oliver Zaugg (SUI/LIQ) 0:39.
114. Martin Velits (SVK/THR) 0:39.
115. Carlos Barredo (ESP/QST) 0:45.
116. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) 0:45.
117. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA/BTL) 0:45.
118. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/LIQ) 0:45.
119. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/THR) 0:45.
120. Kevin De Weert (BEL/QST) 0:45.
121. Kasper Klostergaard (DEN/SAX) 0:45.
122. Daniele Righi (ITA/LAM) 0:45.
123. Maciej Paterski (POL/LIQ) 0:59.
124. Leif Hoste (BEL/OLO) 1:01.
125. Frederik Willems (BEL/LIQ) 1:01.
126. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/OLO) 1:09.
127. Denis Menchov (RUS/RAB) 1:10.
128. Dmitriy Kozontchuk (RUS/RAB) 1:10.
129. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/LIQ) 1:10.
130. Dominik Klemme (GER/SAX) 1:14.
131. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/SAX) 1:20.
132. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) 1:20.
133. José Alberto Benítez (ESP/FOT) 1:38.
134. Rémi Pauriol (FRA/COF) 2:08.
135. David Millar (GBR/GRM) 2:24.
136. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/LIQ) 2:24.
137. Sergio Carrasco (ESP/ACA) 2:35.
138. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (ESP/ACA) 2:35.
139. Oscar Pujol (ESP/CTT) 2:35.
140. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA/LAM) 2:35.
141. Matthew Wilson (AUS/GRM) 2:38.
142. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 2:44.
143. Johann Tschopp (SUI/BTL) 3:04.
144. Alexandre Pichot (FRA/BTL) 3:04.
145. Marco Marzano (ITA/LAM) 3:04.
146. Pablo Urtasun (ESP/EUS) 3:04.
147. Javier Moreno (ESP/ACA) 3:14.
148. Alexandr Dyachenko (KAZ/AST) 3:31.
149. David Gutiérrez Gutiérrez (ESP/FOT) 3:31.
150. Lars Bak (DEN/THR) 3:31.
151. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/THR) 3:31.
152. Juan Javier Javier Estr (ESP/ACA) 3:31.
153. Manuele Mori (ITA/LAM) 3:31.
154. Martin Pedersen (DEN/FOT) 3:31.
155. Olivier Kaisen (BEL/OLO) 4:10.
156. Pierre Cazaux (FRA/FDJ) 4:27.
157. Davide Malacarne (ITA/QST) 4:27.
158. José Vicente Toribio (ESP/ACA) 4:27.
159. Michel Kreder (NED/GRM) 7:33.
. David Zabriskie (USA/GRM) Non partant

Overall Classification:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 74h47:06.
2. Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (ESP/KGZ) à 0:38.
3. Peter Velits (SVK/THR) 1:59.
4. Frank Schleck (LUX/SAX) 3:43.
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 3:48.
6. Xavier Tondo (ESP/CTT) 3:48.
7. Tom Danielson (USA/GRM) 3:58.
8. Nicolas Roche (EIR/ALM) 4:02.
9. Carlos Sastre (ESP/CTT) 4:16.
10. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/GCE) 5:42.
11. David García (ESP/KGZ) 7:22.
12. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/KAT) 8:55.
13. Mikel Nieve (ESP/EUS) 9:27.
14. David Moncoutié (FRA/COF) 10:40.
15. Vladimir Gusev (RUS/KAT) 12:21.
16. Rubén Plaza (ESP/GCE) 13:58.
17. Christophe Le Mével (FRA/FDJ) 15:16.
18. Andreï Kashechkin (KAZ/LAM) 16:17.
19. Jan Bakelants (BEL/OLO) 19:30.
20. Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE/SAX) 19:43.
21. David Arroyo (ESP/GCE) 21:57.
22. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA/GCE) 23:27.
23. Ludovic Turpin (FRA/ALM) 25:25.
24. Rémy Di Grégorio (FRA/FDJ) 25:59.
25. Inigo Cuesta (ESP/CTT) 29:40.
26. Josep Jufre (ESP/AST) 30:34.
27. Thomas Peterson (USA/GRM) 32:02.
28. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/LIQ) 32:06.
29. Alexandre Kolobnev (RUS/KAT) 34:05.
30. Jean Christophe Péraud (FRA/OLO) 39:18.
31. Gonzalo Rabuñal (ESP/KGZ) 40:22.
32. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/THR) 42:05.
33. Amets Txurruka (ESP/EUS) 43:40.
34. Alexandr Dyachenko (KAZ/AST) 46:20.
35. Jurgen Van Goolen (BEL/OLO) 49:07.
36. Rigoberto Uran (COL/GCE) 50:06.
37. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 53:26.
38. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/THR) 55:10.
39. Johannes Fröhlinger (GER/MRM) 56:46.
40. Marco Marzano (ITA/LAM) 59:02.
41. Denis Menchov (RUS/RAB) 1h04:11.
42. Carlos Barredo (ESP/QST) 1h04:58.
43. Marcos García (ESP/KGZ) 1h06:53.
44. David Lopez (ESP/GCE) 1h07:30.
45. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/OLO) 1h15:51.
46. Gustavo Cesar (ESP/KGZ) 1h15:54.
47. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/OLO) 1h19:35.
48. Luis Pasamontes (ESP/GCE) 1h25:32.
49. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP/RAB) 1h27:00.
50. Anders Lund (DEN/SAX) 1h28:22.
51. Filippo Pozzato (ITA/KAT) 1h28:48.
52. Guillaume Bonnafond (FRA/ALM) 1h30:20.
53. Oliver Zaugg (SUI/LIQ) 1h31:23.
54. Mathieu Sprick (FRA/BTL) 1h33:54.
55. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) 1h34:46.
56. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP/EUS) 1h34:59.
57. Javier Moreno (ESP/ACA) 1h36:35.
58. Dario Cataldo (ITA/QST) 1h38:13.
59. Serafín Martínez (ESP/KGZ) 1h39:06.
60. Delio Fernández (ESP/KGZ) 1h39:41.
61. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA/LAM) 1h40:00.
62. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ/AST) 1h40:33.
63. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/LIQ) 1h42:41.
64. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 1h43:13.
65. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) 1h46:02.
66. Mickaël Cherel (FRA/FDJ) 1h46:18.
67. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/QST) 1h48:20.
68. Gustavo Rodríguez (ESP/KGZ) 1h48:29.
69. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA/AST) 1h50:52.
70. Kevin De Weert (BEL/QST) 1h51:34.
71. Mauro Finetto (ITA/LIQ) 1h52:12.
72. Assan Bazayev (KAZ/AST) 1h52:40.
73. Joan Horrach (ESP/KAT) 1h53:12.
74. Rémi Pauriol (FRA/COF) 1h53:59.
75. José Alberto Benítez (ESP/FOT) 1h54:14.
76. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (ESP/ACA) 1h54:26.
77. Maciej Paterski (POL/LIQ) 1h54:41.
78. Grischa Niermann (GER/RAB) 1h56:52.
79. Oscar Pujol (ESP/CTT) 1h57:16.
80. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 1h59:46.
81. Johann Tschopp (SUI/BTL) 2h00:58.
82. Paul Voss (GER/MRM) 2h01:10.
83. Daniele Bennati (ITA/LIQ) 2h03:50.
84. Imanol Erviti (ESP/GCE) 2h03:53.
85. Tony Gallopin (FRA/COF) 2h05:01.
86. Frederik Willems (BEL/LIQ) 2h06:08.
87. Romain Zingle (BEL/COF) 2h06:10.
88. Allan Davis (AUS/AST) 2h07:53.
89. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA/FOT) 2h08:05.
90. Gorka Verdugo (ESP/EUS) 2h09:22.
91. Javier Ramirez (ESP/ACA) 2h10:00.
92. Manuele Mori (ITA/LAM) 2h12:18.
93. Juan Javier Javier Estr (ESP/ACA) 2h14:39.
94. Niki Terpstra (NED/MRM) 2h16:36.
95. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/BTL) 2h16:36.
96. Grega Bole (SLO/LAM) 2h18:19.
97. Sébastien Minard (FRA/COF) 2h18:25.
98. Xavier Florencio (ESP/CTT) 2h18:49.
99. Andrey Zeits (KAZ/AST) 2h19:59.
100. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA/BTL) 2h20:57.
101. Sergio Carrasco (ESP/ACA) 2h22:10.
102. Martin Velits (SVK/THR) 2h25:30.
103. Vincent Jérôme (FRA/BTL) 2h25:40.
104. Antonio Piedra (ESP/ACA) 2h28:00.
105. Sergey Renev (KAZ/AST) 2h29:56.
106. Gianni Meersman (BEL/FDJ) 2h33:35.
107. Nico Sijmens (BEL/COF) 2h34:30.
108. Björn Schroeder (GER/MRM) 2h35:10.
109. Danilo Hondo (GER/LAM) 2h38:05.
110. Pierre Cazaux (FRA/FDJ) 2h39:39.
111. David Millar (GBR/GRM) 2h41:43.
112. William Bonnet (FRA/BTL) 2h41:51.
113. Pablo Urtasun (ESP/EUS) 2h45:24.
114. Daniele Righi (ITA/LAM) 2h48:35.
115. Sébastian Langeveld (NED/RAB) 2h51:16.
116. Dominik Roels (GER/MRM) 2h51:42.
117. David Gutiérrez Gutiérrez (ESP/FOT) 2h51:44.
118. Sébastien Hinault (FRA/ALM) 2h52:25.
119. Manuel Ortega (ESP/ACA) 2h53:24.
120. Mauricio Ardila (COL/RAB) 2h55:10.
121. Leif Hoste (BEL/OLO) 2h56:11.
122. Alexandre Pichot (FRA/BTL) 2h56:53.
123. Enrique Mata (ESP/FOT) 2h57:49.
124. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/COF) 2h59:28.
125. Davide Malacarne (ITA/QST) 3h00:34.
126. Olivier Kaisen (BEL/OLO) 3h00:36.
127. Martin Pedersen (DEN/FOT) 3h01:18.
128. Vicente Garcia Acosta (ESP/GCE) 3h01:38.
129. Nick Nuyens (BEL/RAB) 3h05:08.
130. Markus Eichler (GER/MRM) 3h05:30.
131. Manuel Cardoso (POR/FOT) 3h06:18.
132. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 3h06:34.
133. Vladimir Isaichev (RUS/KGZ) 3h07:09.
134. Angelo Furlan (ITA/LAM) 3h11:53.
135. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR/FDJ) 3h12:30.
136. Matthew Goss (AUS/THR) 3h15:45.
137. Robert Förster (GER/MRM) 3h15:46.
138. Dmitriy Kozontchuk (RUS/RAB) 3h15:47.
139. Kasper Klostergaard (DEN/SAX) 3h17:26.
140. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/SAX) 3h17:37.
141. Nikolas Maes (BEL/QST) 3h18:16.
142. Sébastien Chavanel (FRA/FDJ) 3h18:27.
143. José Vicente Toribio (ESP/ACA) 3h18:59.
144. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS/KAT) 3h22:49.
145. Koldo Fernandez (ESP/EUS) 3h22:56.
146. Andreas Stauff (GER/QST) 3h23:58.
147. Matthew Wilson (AUS/GRM) 3h24:11.
148. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 3h24:44.
149. Mark Cavendish (IDM/THR) 3h25:52.
150. Wouter Weylandt (BEL/QST) 3h26:02.
151. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/LIQ) 3h26:43.
152. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG/SAX) 3h29:07.
153. Johnnie Walker (AUS/FOT) 3h29:08.
154. Jorge Montenegro (ARG/ACA) 3h30:09.
155. Michel Kreder (NED/GRM) 3h35:13.
156. Dominik Klemme (GER/SAX) 3h37:12.
157. Lars Bak (DEN/THR) 3h37:56.
158. Arnaud Labbe (FRA/COF) 3h40:19.
159. Valentin Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 3h45:01.

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