Estonian Rein Taaramae’s of the Cofidis team won the Vuelta’s 14th stage after another tough day in the saddle that ended with a summit finish in La Farrapona.
The 24-year-old was part of a breakaway group which was eventually whittled down to two as David De La Fuente of Spain managed to keep pace with the Estonian over the gruelling climbs of the day.
De la Fuente’s Geox-TMC team-mate and compatriot Juan Jose Cobo included caught the pair up just before Taaramae stepped on the gas and went it alone.
Despite Cobo’s and De La Fuente’s best efforts they couldn’t catch pace setter Taaramae who held on to take his first Grand Tour stage win.
Cobo crossed the line 25 seconds back to take second place while De La Fuente was a further four seconds adrift in third. Bradley Wiggins arrived in fifth place and with it maintained his lead in the overall standings.
The team Sky rider is seven seconds clear of team-mate and fellow Brit Chris Froome with Rabobank’s Bauke Mollema in third at 36 seconds