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Nibali retains race lead as Barguil celebrates stage win.


Nibali retains race lead as Barguil celebrates stage win.


Frenchman Warren Barguil of Team Argos-Shimano celebrated the biggest win of his career on Friday with victory on stage 13 of the Tour of Spain.

The day’s hilly 169-km stage from Valls to Castelldefels was fraught with attacks but it was a late ten-man break that caused the main damage.

The climbs of the day whittled the front runners down to a more selective group as an exhausted peloton trailed behind.

As legs started to tire at the head of the race 21-year-old Barguil attacked on the long uphill drag to the finish with one kilometre remaining.

He managed to hold off a late surge from Rinaldo Nocentini and Bauke Mollema to record his first professional win of his career.

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali finished safely in the main field and retained his 31 second advantage over Nicolas Roche before the race heads to the Pyrenees.

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