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Vuelta Stage 16: Frank Schleck wins, Joaquim Rodriguez takes race lead

Just 1 second separate top two on GC ahead of tomorrow's rest day...

Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez, who started Stage 16 of the Vuelta today 1 second behind Astana’s Fabio Aru, now leads the Spanish Grand Tour by the same most slender of margins. The stage was won by Trek Factory Racing’s Frank Schleck.

The latter attacked from the break on the last but one of the day’s seven categorised climbs. Team Colombia’s Rodolfo Torres countered, but was dropped by Schleck with 3 kilometres remaining of the 185 kilometre stage from Luarca.

Schleck, aged 35, now adds a Vuelta stage win to two previous stage victories in the Tour de France.

After tomorrow’s rest day, Stage 17 sees a 38.7km individual time trial in Burgos, where Giant-Alpecin’s Tom Dumoulin, fourth overall 1 minute 51 seconds behind Rodriguez, is expected to take time back from the Katusha rider and Aru.


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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