Vuelta 6: Paolo Bettini wins in Toledo

Sylvain Chavanel takes leader's jersey

Italian rider Paolo Bettini of QuickStep won Stage 6 of the Tour of Spain on Thursday, a 150.1 kilometre course from Ciudad Real to Toledo, while France's Sylvain Chavanel of Cofidis took the lead.

Bettini came in ahead of Belgium's Philippe Gilbert of Francaise des Jeux in while Spain's Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d'Epargne was third in the sprint.

Chavanel, who climbed to second place in the overall standings after Wednesday's individual time trial, collected 12 bonus seconds for winning both intermediate sprints which allowed him take the leader's golden jersey from American rider Levi Leipheimer.

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