Conti wins 13th Vuelta stage, Quintana leads before Pyrenees
URDAX, Spain (AP) Valerio Conti of Italy successfully broke away Friday to win the Spanish Vuelta's long 13th stage, while Nairo Quintana kept his overall lead.
Conti, riding for Lampre-Merida, separated from a small group of escapees and rode alone to finish the hilly 213.4-kilometer (132.6-mile) route in 5 hours, 29 minutes, 4 seconds.
The stage started in Bilbao and ended in Urdax after a brief dip into France.
Quintana has a 54-second advantage over Chris Froome heading into Saturday's daunting 196-kilometer (121.7-mile) course that traverses the French Pyrenees.
Race organizers say the 14th stage, which includes three category-one ascents before finishing at the special-category Aubisque summit, is ''one of the most demanding stages in the history of the Vuelta.''