Freire takes bunch sprint

Efimkin remains in gold

Wednesday's fifth stage of the Vuelta a Espana was won by the Spaniard Oscar Freire (Rabobank).

The sprinter managed to remain in touch with the climbers on the race's second mountain before out-sprinting stage to edge out Daniele Bennati (Lampre) and Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) in a bunch finish. Russian Vladimir Efimkin reamins in the leader's gold jersey while Freire increased his lead in the points competiton.

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