Cycling: Vuelta stage win for Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert claimed his first victory of the season in the 12th stage of the Vuelta a Espana with Vincenzo Nibali retaining the race leader's red jersey.

Philippe Gilbert

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) had looked on course for the win but 31-year-old Belgian Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) reeled in the Norwegian in the closing metres of the 164.2-kilometre route from Maella to Tarragona.

Argentina's Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Lampre-Merida) was third with Italian Luca Paolini (Katusha) fourth.

The general classification contenders enjoyed an uneventful day, with second-placed Irishman Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) cutting Nibali's advantage to 31 seconds.

Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remained third overall, 46secs off the pace.



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