Belgium’s Jonas Van Genechten timed his sprint perfectly to clinch the seventh stage of the Vuelta a Espana.
The 29-year-old was made to battle hard throughout the event and eventually completed the 158 km ride from Maceda to Puebla de Sanabria in an impressive time of 3 hours 55 minutes and 44 seconds.
Tinkoff rider Daniele Bennati overtook breakaway riders Luis Leon Sanchez and Simon Clarke to take second place while Alejandro Valverde came home third to collect four bonus seconds.
The Spaniard is now 24 seconds behind race leader Darwin Atapuma of Colombia and remains well in contention going into Stage 8.
Friday’s action was marked by a spectacular crash involving three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador. The Spaniard fell heavily on his left shoulder after touching wheels with another rider 500 metres from the finish line. Contador was quickly back on his bike while Chris Froome, who was caught up in the pile-up, was awarded the same time as his rivals.