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Vuelta á Espana: Gilbert takes his second stage

The Belgian left it late to win the 178.4km race, while Nicolas Roche finished 26th.

Image: MANU FERNANDEZ/AP/Press Association Images

Result: BELGIUM’S PHILIPPE GILBERT clinched his second stage win of the Tour of Spain Friday with a final surge while Spain’s Alberto Contador held on to the overall leader’s red jersey.

The BMC rider, who also won the ninth stage, completed the 178.4-kilometre (110-mile) 19th stage through completely flat terrain from Penafiel to La Lastrilla in four hours 56 minutes and 25 seconds.

Here’s how it happened: Gilbert launched an attack less than a kilometre from the line of the 19th stage and broke ahead of a pack of around 40 cyclists to finish ahead of Spaniards Alejandro Valverde and Daniel Moreno.

Valverde, of the Movistar team, is in second place in the overall standings, 1min 35sec behind Contador, while compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha is third, 2min 21sec from the leader.

“It will be really complicated to take the overall lead, unless a disaster hits Alberto. But I don’t think so,” said Rodriguez who has held the overall leader’s red jersey for much of the race this year.

Who’s wearing what jersey?

  • Red (general classification): Alberto Contador
  • Green (points): Joaquim Rodriguez
  • Blue dots (mountains): Simon Clarke
  • White (all-round): Joaquim Rodriguez

How did Nico do? A fine performance from Nicolas Roche, who was in the leading pack right to the end but finished in 26th position. He remains 12th overall.

What happens tomorrow? The Tour continues on Saturday with a mountainous ride from La Faisanera to Bola del Mundo, a distance of 170.7 kilometres, that includes several first category climbs.

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The 21-stage race — one of cycling’s three ‘major tours’ along with the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia — ends in Madrid on Sunday after covering a total distance of 3,300 kilometres.

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