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Vuelta Stage 13: Nelson Oliveira attacks solo to take the win

Lampre-Merida rider escapes from break with more than 25km remaining

Nelson Oliveira of Lampre-Merida has won Stage 13 of the Vuelta after attacking from the break with more than 25 kilometres remaining of today's stage to Tarazona.

It was the 26-year-old's second attempt to get clear of what had been a big breakaway group of some two dozen riders, an earlier sortie with IAM Cycling's Sylvain Chavanel with 40 kilometres remaining getting reeled back in.

His second effort to escape his companions in the break stuck though as the reigning Portuguese national time trial champion rode away to his first Grand Tour stage win.

Julien Simon of Cofirdis pipped Team Sky's Nicolas Roche to second place, exactly a minute behind the stage winner.

The main group finished the 178 kilometre stage from Calatayud almost five minutes down on Oliveira, and Astana's Fabio Aru retaining the race lead.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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