Thursday 12 December 2019

Dan Martin remains in 11th after brave ride on stage 13 of the Vuelta A Espana

Dan Martin
Dan Martin

Daniel Navarro was rewarded for his daring late dart with victory on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana on Friday.

The 188.7-kilometre hilly stage from Belorado to Obregon finished among the wildlife of Cabarceno Natural Park.

Spain's Navarro (Cofidis) escaped from the pack inside the final 3km and won by two seconds from Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and third-placed Wilco Kelderman (Belkin).

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was five seconds behind in seventh to retain the leader's red jersey, with the top of the overall rankings largely unchanged.

With little more than 7km to go the Orica-GreenEdge-led peloton swept up the remnants of the day's breakaway as the action began in earnest, with a challenging 750m ramp in the final 3km.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Gianluca Brambilla was the first aggressor and Navarro exploded after him before surging into the lead.

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) followed, pulling the overall contenders along behind him, before Chris Froome (Team Sky) took the initiative.

Like the Irishman before him the Briton was closely marked and the posturing of the overall contenders played into Navarro's hands as he celebrated victory.

Dan Martin did finish ninth on the stage to remain in 11th overall, compatriot Philip Deignan was 90th on today's stage and is 60th in the general classification.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who is second overall, was fourth, while Martin was ninth and Froome 13th to sit 11th and fourth, respectively, entering Saturday's 14th stage.

The 200.8km route from Santander to the finishing ascent of La Camperona is one for the red jersey hopefuls to flex their muscles once more.

Nairo Quintana had hoped to be contending for the Vuelta title, but is now recovering from shoulder surgery.

The Colombian rider has now been discharged from hospital in Pamplona, his Movistar team have announced.

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