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Vuelta a Espana: Quintana grabs lead as Lagutin wins stage eight

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Vuelta a Espana: Quintana grabs lead as Lagutin wins stage eight

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Sergey Lagutin from Uzbekistan won stage eight of the Tour of Spain on Saturday while Colombian Nairo Quintana became the new overall leader.

Team Katusha rider Lagutin attacked in the final 200 meters of the flat stage from Villalpando to La Camperona to claim his first ever stage win in a Grand Tour, finishing 10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Axel Domont.

Britain’s Chris Froome initiated the battle between the overall contenders by accelerating about 1.3km from the finish but it wasn’t to be for the Team Sky rider who was eventually outclassed by Quintana.

The Colombian finished 12th in the stage but took first place overall, leading Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by 19 seconds with Tour de France winner Froome a further eight behind in third.

Three-time winner Alberto Contador finished 13th in the stage and is seventh overall.

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