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Haedo claims maiden grand tour stage win


Haedo claims maiden grand tour stage win


Argentina’s Juan Jose Haedo of the Saxo Bank team won stage 16 of the Tour of Spain on Tuesday for his first grand tour stage win.

After a day’s rest on Monday the peloton were back in the saddle for a flat 180km ride to Haro in Northern Spain.

Although a trio of riders broke away from the bunch in the early stages the attack was over with ten kilometres left.

Drama engulfed the end of the day’s ride when mountain points leader Joaquim Rodriguez crashed heavily and eventually finished well down the field.

A few kilometres later when the bunch geared up for the sprint finish Daniele Bennati’s lead-out man Davide Viganò took a wrong turn leaving his Leopard Trek sprinter and a few others rather perplexed.

Haedo took full advantage of the confusion to jump clear of his fellow fast men and take the win.

Italian Alessandro Petacchi of the Lampre team came home second while despite Bennati’s hesitation with the wrong turn the Italian recovered in time to round off the podium in third place.

Spaniard Juan Jose Cobo remains in the leaders Red Jersey – he extended his advantage to 22 seconds over Britain’s Chris Froome of Team sky.

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