Czech Zdenek Stybar battled hard for victory following a duel with world champion Philippe Gilbert in stage seven of the Tour of Spain on
Another relatively flat stage saw the peloton tackle 205.9 kilometres from Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljafare.
The day was perfect for another breakaway and Italy’s Marco Pinotti, Britain’s Christian Knees and Francisco Javier Aramendia of Spain took their chance after just 11 kilometres.
The trio built up a maximum lead of just over seven minutes before the peloton kicked into action to reel them in.
16 kilometres from home the break was over but another battle soon emerged between Stybar and world champion Gilbert.
The pair entered the final kilometre with the main bunch chasing hard 12 seconds back, but the two men held on to fight for the win which was eventually settled after a photo-finish.
Stybar claimed top honours by a tyre’s width.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali held on to the overall lead. He’s three seconds clear of Chris Horner and eight in front of Ireland’s Nicolas Roche son of 1987 Tour de France champion Stephen Roche.