2 Sep 2012

Rodriguez strengthens lead with third stage win

8:46 am on 2 September 2012

Spanish cyclist Joaquim Rodriguez strengthened his overall lead in the Tour of Spain with a mountain-top victory in the 14th stage from Palas de Rei to Puerto de Ancares.

Compatriot Alberto Contador finished second, five seconds behind, with another Spaniard, Alejandro Valverde, eight seconds back.

Contador attacked with two kilometres to go, but Rodriguez countered to drop his rival with 150 metres remaining.

Rodriguez, now with three stage victories to his name, remains in the lead for an 11th stage, with Contador 22 seconds adrift.

The Tour of Spain ends in Madrid on September the 9th.