Vuelta: Sanchez takes stage after Ardila mistake

Samuel Sanchez takes the stage win after a premature celebration from Maurizio Ardila. The top three

Samuel Sanchez takes the stage win after a premature celebration from Maurizio Ardila. The top three
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Euskaltel-Euskadi's Samuel Sanchez took his team's second stage win in the Vuelta a Espana on Friday, although it was came as an unexpected victory after diminutive Colombian climber Maurizio Ardila (Davitamon-Lotto) celebrated what he thought was the stage victory having been first across the 'king of the mountains' climb - 200 metres from the finish line proper. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) retained his gold leader's yellow jersey, maintaining the 47-second buffer he holds over Liberty Seguros' Roberto Heras. Despite receiving 15 stitches in his knee, Heras showed no ill-effects on the day's stage after his crash on Thursday, finishing 11th in a group 49 seconds down on stage winner Sanchez, with Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears) 12th and Menchov 13th. Mancebo remains third overall, 1.53 down, despite also falling victim to a crash just 20km in to the day's 193km stage. Tom Steels (Davitamon-Lotto) was another crash victim, and is now out of the race after being taken to hospital having been knocked unconscious. Despite the final climb to the finish, Friday's 13th stage was relatively straightforward; the big mountains continue with Saturday's 172km 14th stage with its finish on the tough 14km climb of the hors categorie Covadonga. Ardila, Oscar Pereiro (Phonak), Oscar Sevilla (T-Mobile) and Mancebo's Illes Balears team-mate Joan Horrach managed to get clear of the rest of an eight-man group, which had ridden clear of a 32-man break, on the final climb of the day to La Aparecida. Sanchez then managed to bridge the gap as Ardila and Pereiro took off at the front, but wasn't strong enough to come around the pair at the top of the climb. Ardila celebrated, Pereiro was confused, and Sanchez came by them both to take the stage win at the finish line 200 metres further on. As a surprised Sanchez celebrated, Ardila could only reflect on what had happened. "These things happen in sport. I made a mistake and I have to admit that," the Colombian, who won the 2004 edition of the Tour of Britain, said. "But this is a sport and sometimes you get confused. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes". Stage 13, Burgos - Santuario de la Bien Aparecida 1 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 193km in 4.03.40 2 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak 0.04 3 Maurizio Ardila (Col) Davitamon-Lotto 0.08 4 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile 5 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears 0.25 6 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Illes Balears 0.31 7 David Latasa (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 0.46 8 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak 0.47 9 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 0.49 10 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC 11 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros 12 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears 13 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank Overall 1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 52.25.40 2 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.47 3 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears 1.53 4 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC 1.57 5 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 3.31 6 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 5.47 7 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 6.00 8 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Quick Step 6.19 9 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Phonak 6.47 10 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile 6.51
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