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An exciting final in Antequera

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“What suspense in the final!”. This is how Franco Pellizotti comments the 12th Vuelta’s stage. “It was supposed to be a quiet stage, the breakaway could arrive without problems, but Contador’s attack with 20 kilometers to go and Froome’s crash have drastically changed the inertia of the race”.

“When the Spanish rider escaped from the bunch – continues the Italian rider – Team Sky went to pursuit him but race leader’s crash changed the cards on the table. It had to be a day to recover from yesterday’s hard work but then Contador’s attack … “

“We could not let Contador go – says SD Gorazd Stangelj, “because he’s a very dangerous opponent, so we pulled in the front to try to loose as little as possible. At the end, even today the average speed was still very high meaning that the Spanish race continues to be very intense”.

Because of the crash, Froome lost 17“ on Nibali who now has a 59” gap from the red jersey. Polish Tomasz Marczynski conquered the victory in Antequera dubbing his success in the 6th stage.

Tomorrow the thirteenth stage, still in Andalusia, will take the bunch from Coin to Tomares after about 200 kilometers. After a start with some difficulty, the route will have less than 70 kilometers completely flat. A probable sprint finish.

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