DUMBRIA, Spain (AP) — Joaquin Rodriguez surged past Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday and extend his overall lead to 13 seconds.
Rodriguez and Contador broke away from the peloton and rode wheel-to-wheel up the last stretch of a sharp ascent to finish the 118.4-mile leg.
Rodriguez, who led Contador by 1 second entering the stage, won his second stage in 4 hours, 24 minutes, 32 seconds. Contador crossed 8 seconds later.
Christopher Froome of Britain finished fifth, 23 seconds behind to trail Rodriguez by 51 seconds overall.
Alejandro Valverde dropped to 1:20 behind Rodriguez after finishing third ahead of Robert Gesink of the Netherlands.