Juan Jose Cobo Acebo Wins 2011 Vuelta a Espana

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09/11/2011| 0 comments
by Reuters and Roadcycling.com
Peter Sagan takes the victory for Team Liquigas-Cannondale in the final stage of the Vuelta a Espana 2011. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Peter Sagan takes the victory for Team Liquigas-Cannondale in the final stage of the Vuelta a Espana 2011. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Juan Jose Cobo Acebo Wins 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan Jose Cobo Acebo's winning margin in the 2011 Tour of Spain over Great Britain's Chris Froome (Team Sky Procycling) was so narrow the wary Spaniard refused to celebrate his victory before crossing the final finish line in Madrid earlier this afternoon.

struck hard again on the decisive Angliru summit finish on stage 15 to oust Wiggins from the lead.

Froome hit back in the short but very steep Pena Cabarga climb to close the gap to 13 seconds and win his first ever Grand Tour stage.

But Cobo responded to the Kenyan-born rider's attack on the two final mountainous stages in the Basque Country to claim a victory by the third narrowest margin ever in the Vuelta.

Whilst Cobo's previous best placing in a major Tour was 10th in the 2009 Vuelta, Wiggins and Froome are the first top-three finishers for Britain in a Grand Tour since Robert Millar in the 1987 Giro d'Italia.

The final stage win went to Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan of Slovakia, ahead of Italians Daniele Bennati (Team Leopard-Trek) and Alessandro Petacchi (Team Lampre) in a bunch sprint.

Victory in the points competition went in a last-day switch to Dutchman Bauke Mollema, with France's David Moncoutie winning the Vuelta's King of the Mountains competition for the fourth year running.

Watch daily 2011 Vuelta a Espana video highlights from all stages of the Vuelta a Espana in our video section.

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