Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 13 photo gallery by Graham Watson>>

Last year’s Tour of Britain winner Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) won the 13th stage of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana in Ponferrada on Friday.

After being involved in attacks close to the finish, the Swiss rider still found the strength to take the victory at the head of a 19 strong lead group ahead of fellow breakaways Eros Capecci (Liquigas) and Daniel Moreno (Katusha). Ireland’s Nicholas Roche (Ag2r) took fifth.

Despite a brief mid-stage scare, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) maintained his position in the race leader’s red jersey – just. Nibali grabbed the six second time bonus on the first intermediate
sprint to move up to second place overall, just four seconds behind
Wiggins. Wiggins’ British team-mate Chris Froome drops to third.

Wiggins had been distanced by an attack that included overall challengers Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana), Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) and Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) on the descent of the first category Puerto de Ancares.

With the gap stretching to a maximum of 27 seconds, a concerted chase by Sky brought the break back to heel at the bottom of the final climb – the third cat Puerto de Lumeras.

Jan Bakelandts (Omega-Pharma Lotto) also ran into trouble on the streets of Ponferrada. Having been in the lead group with 2km to go, he limped in on his own after colliding with a traffic island.

There’s no rest for the overall contenders, as on Saturday they face two tough categorised climbs in quick succession followed by a mountain-top finish after 172.8km of racing on stage 14. 

Results

Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 13: Sarria to Ponferrada, 158.2km

1. Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad in 4-19-39


2. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

3. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha

4. David De La Fuente (Spa) Geox-TMC

5. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r-La Mondiale

6. Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard-Trek

7. Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar

8. David Blanco (Spa) Geox-TMC

9. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

10. Marc De Maar (Ned Ant) Quick Step all same time

Other

26. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky at 1-33

37. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 1-33

Overall classification after stage 13

1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 51-14-59


2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 4 secs

3. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 7 secs

4. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana at 9 secs

5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard-Trek at 19 secs

6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 36 secs

7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard-Trek at 1-04

8. Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Geox-TMC at 1-27

9. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha at 1-52

10. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack at 1-53

Other

14. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale at 2-15

23. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Cervelo at 4-44

Nicolas Roche in escape, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 13



Nicolas Roche at the head of the escape group

Dario Cioni for Sky, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 13



Sky head the peloton

Bradley Wiggins, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 13



Bradley Wiggins kept his race lead

Bradley Wiggins, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 13



Bradley Wiggins is just four seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali overall

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