Spain’s Daniel Navarro of the Cofidis team celebrated the biggest win of his career on Friday when he triumphed in stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana.
The 190-strong peloton tackled a mountainous 188.7 kilomtre ride to Cabárceno nature park – a stage that featured three categorised climbs.
The day’s action was animated by an 11 man break that was slowly whittled down to one rider with 14 kilometres to the line.
That man was Russian Alexey Lutsenko who after dropping his fellow escapees soon felt the heat of the main bunch closing in fast behind him.
It was only a matter of time before the peloton swallowed him up as they made their way to the finish line.
On the uncategorised climb just before the line Gianluca Brambilla made a break for it but Navarro was quick to react.
In a great show of strength the Spaniard stormed past a fading Brambilla and motored on up to the finish line for a fine victory.
Daniel Moreno was also fast to react to the sprint and managed to secure second place ahead of Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands.
In the overall standings Alberto Contador remains 20 seconds clear of Alejandro Valverde although four other riders are in striking distance including team sky’s Chris Froome
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