12 Sep 2011

Spaniard wins Tour of Spain

11:29 am on 12 September 2011

Juan Jose Cobo's winning margin in the Cycle Tour of Spain over Britain's Chris Froome was so narrow the wary Spaniard refused to celebrate his victory before crossing the final finish line in Madrid this morning.

Cobo completed the final stage with his 13-second advantage, the seventh smallest margin in a Grand Tour for more than five decades, intact.

However, on Monday's 95.5-kilometre run to Madrid the Geox rider did not drink any champagne as he rode along or do any other on-bike celebrations, as is traditional for the overall winner on the largely ceremonial last stage of major Tours.

Froome's Sky team mate Bradley Wiggins, also of Britain, finished third overall, his best ever result in a major Tour after taking fourth in the 2009 Tour de France.