OBREGON, Spain, Sept 05, 2014 (AFP) – Spain’s Dani Navarro claimed his
first Grand Tour stage victory as he won the 188.7km 13th stage of the Vuelta
a Espana from Belorado to Obregon on Friday as compatriot Alberto Contador
retained his overall lead.
Navarro make a break on the short climb to the finish line through Parque
de Cabarceno with little over two kilometres to go and had just enough in the
tank to see off fellow Spaniard Daniel Moreno and Dutch rider Wilco Keldermann
into second and third respectively.
There was no change at the top of the general classification as all the
leaders came in five seconds behind Navarro, so Contador stays 20 seconds
ahead of Alejandro Valverde with Britain’s Chris Froome down in fourth 1min
An early breakaway of 11 riders was slowly whittled down as the stage
through Cantabria passed over two category three climbs and a final category
two climb over the Alto del Caracol before the stage headed towards Obregon.
The peloton finally caught the last escapee, Kazakstan’s Alexey Lutsenko,
with seven kilometres remaining and Navarro positioned himself perfectly to
get enough of a gap away from the general classification leaders to reach the
finish line comfortably in front.
“I had to have a very good position once the peloton grouped together for
the last climb,” said Navarro.
“From there I just tried to get the victory and it went very well.
“I feel I have achieved my objective and anything more that comes in the
rest of the race will feel like a gift.”
After three days without any change in the general classification,
Saturday’s 200.8km ride from Santander to La Camperona could see significant
moves from the leaders with an 8.3km climb to the finish featuring gradients
of over 19 percent.
However, Contador is increasingly positive about his chances of winning the
race for a third time as he continues to feel no ill effects from the broken
shinbone that forced him to retire from the Tour de France in July.
“I am leading for another day, but the difference between the riders is
very small. The objective is to be in red again tomorrow.
“It will be a difficult day, not just for the final climb but the one
“I am feeling good and I am very happy with how the leg is developing. I am
not suffering any problems on the bike.”
Results from the Vuelta a Espana 13th
stage, a 188.7km ride from Belorado to Obregon on Friday:
1. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 4hr 21min 04sec, 2. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) at
2sec, 3. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BKN) s.t., 4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 5, 5.
Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/FDJ) s.t., 6. Damiano Caruso (ITA/CAN) s.t., 7. Alberto
Contador (ESP/TIN) s.t., 8. Robert Gesnik (NED/BKN) s.t., 9. Daniel Martin
(IRL/GRM) s.t., 10. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/OPQ) s.t.
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 44hr 38min 14sec, 2. Alejandro Valverde
(ESP/MOV) at 20sec, 3. Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) 1:08, 4. Chris Froome
(GBR/SKY) 1:20,5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 1:35, 6. Samuel Sanchez
(ESP/BMC) 1:52, 7. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 2:13, 8. Winner Anacona (COL/LAM) 2:37,
9. Robert Gesink (NED/BKN) 2:55, 10. Damiano Caruso (ITA/CAN) 3:51