Vuelta 18: Erviti pips Roche

Spaniard outsprints Irishman

Spain's Imanol Erviti (Caisse d'Epargne) song the Stage 18 of the Tour of Spain between Valladolid and Las Rozas Thursday.

Erviti, part of a group of 16 riders who broke away from the peloton, beat Irishman Nicolas Roche of Credit Agricole and Spain's David Herrero of Xacobeo Galicia in a sprint finish.

The peloton, including race leader Alberto Contador (Astana), arrived about seven and a half minutes after the breakaway group. Compatriot Contador holds onto the leader's golden jersey another day as the peloton speeds toward Sunday's finale in Madrid.

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© BikeRadar & AFP 2008 

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