Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 12 photo gallery by Graham Watson>>

Peter Sagan (Liquigas) picked up his second stage win of this year’s Vuelta a Espana in a sprint finish at Pontevedra on Thursday.

The Slovakian outkicked John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) and Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) to the line, as a twisting run-in caused small splits in the bunch.

Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) and Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) profited most from the resulting time gaps. Of the GC contenders, only they gained time on their rivals, with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) four seconds back and Britain’s Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins (both Team Sky), and the other favourites trailing by a further second.

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) led the sprint out, doing a characteristically long and brutal turn on the front in the final kilometres. Sagan was sat on Bennati’s wheel as Cancellara peeled off, and jumped past the Italian as the sprinters closed in on the finish.

Wiggins remains in the leader’s jersey, with his steward Froome still in second. Kessiakoff moves up into third at the expense of Nibali as a result of the stage, leading him by one second and trailing Froome by two.

On Friday, the riders face another testing day in the mountains on stage 13, a 158.2km trip from Sarria to Ponferrada.

Results

Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 12: Ponteareas to Pontevedra, 167.3km

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale


2. John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad

3. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard-Trek

4. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD

5. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank-Sungard

6. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing

8. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank

9. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step

10. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale all same time

Other

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

29. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 5 secs

32. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky at 5 secs

96. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky at 37 secs

Overall classification after stage 12

1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 46-53-47


2. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 7 secs

3. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana at 9 secs

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 10 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 1-06

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

9. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) RadioShack at 1-53

10. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) RadioShack at 2-00

Peter Sagan wins, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 12



Peter Sagan grabs his second stage win of the 2011 race

Bradley Wiggins in lead, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 12



Bradley Wiggins maintains his overall lead

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By Graham Watson

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