Barguil Wins Stage 16 of Vuelta; Nibali Fights to Keep Red Jersey
Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) has taken his second stage of this year’s Vuelta a Espana. The French climber pipped Rigoberto Uran (Sky) in a photo-finish sprint to take Stage 16, a 147.7-km ride from Graus to Formigal, in 3:43:31. Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura) took third, and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) kept the red jersey despite losing nearly half of his overall lead to attacks from his rivals.
and Nibali could not respond. Valverde and Pinot reached Horner, and the Movistar man outsprinted the pair. Rodriguez finished 0:03 ahead of Valverde and 0:06 ahead of Horner and Pinot.
Barguil won the stage despite not feeling well during its first half. "What a day again," he said. "This morning we decided to take it easy as I did not feel very good yesterday, but my legs started feeling really good during the stage and I moved into position to go with the break. Then on the final climb I decided to give it a try alone.
"Actually, I was not sure that the break was going to make it to the finish, so I attacked and on the way, with less than one kilometre to go, Uran joined me. He tried to attack me but I was still strong enough for the sprint and I knew I could have a chance to beat him in the sprint. It is great to beat such a strong rider. I am surprised and again over the moon with my second victory."
Tomorrow will be the 2013 Vuelta a Espana’s second rest day. Bodies wearied by two weeks of racing will get a respite, and team managers will plot strategy for the race’s final week. Stage 17 will not change the status quo. The rolling, 189-km ride from Calahorra to Burgos will feature two Category 3 climbs between 115 and 139 km. A break could take this stage, but a bunch sprint is more likely. Who will win it? Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)? Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)? Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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