Philippe Gilbert Wins Stage 12, Nibali Maintains Lead

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TARRAGONA, Spain, Sept 05, 2013 (AFP) – Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert
(BMC) edged out Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) in a sprint finish to take the 12th
stage of the Tour of Spain on Thursday.

Boasson Hagen looked set for victory in the 164.2km ride from Maella to
Tarragona after being led to within sight of the line by teammate Rigoberto
Uran.

But Gilbert produced a late surge to take victory on the line with
Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Lampre) claiming his third podium finish of the
race in third.

In the overall classification Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) retained the
leader’s jersey but lost two seconds on Nicholas Roche (Saxo).

The Irishman picked up two bonus seconds in the sprint past Port Aventura
to close to within 31 seconds with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Chris
Horner (RadioShack) remaining 46 seconds back.

Results of the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain, a 164.2km ride from Maella to Tarragona on Thursday:

1. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 4hr 03min 44sec
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) at 0:00.
3. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/LAM) 0:00.
4. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 0:00.
5. Gianni Meersman (BEL/OPQ) 0:00.
6. Francesco Lasca (ITA/CJR) 0:00.
7. Steve Chainel (FRA/ALM) 0:00.
8. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/ARG) 0:00.
9. Anthony Roux (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.
10. Zakkari Dempster (AUS/APP) 0:00.
11. Adrien Petit (FRA/COF) 0:00.
12. Mitch Docker (AUS/ORI) 0:00.
13. Robert Wagner (GER/BKN) 0:00.
14. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/LTB) 0:00.
15. Daniele Ratto (ITA/CAN) 0:00.
16. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 0:00.
17. Dominik Nerz (GER/BMC) 0:00.
18. Daniel Schorn (AUT/APP) 0:00.
19. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) 0:00.
20. Lloyd Mondory (FRA/ALM) 0:00.
Selected
34. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) 0:00.
35. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 0:00.

Overall
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 45hr 26min 06sec
2. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) at 0:31s
3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:46.
4. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 0:46.
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 2:33.
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:44.
7. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 2:52.
8. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 3:35.
9. Rafal Majka (POL/SAX) 3:46.
10. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 3:56.
11. Leopold König (CZE/APP) 4:08.
12. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 5:05.
13. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) 5:46.
14. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 6:38.
15. Eros Capecchi (ITA/MOV) 6:51.
16. Dominik Nerz (GER/BMC) 8:02.
17. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN) 8:34.
18. José Mendes (POR/APP) 8:56.
19. José Herrada (ESP/MOV) 9:07.
20. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 9:14.