David de la Cruz wins 9th stage to take Spanish Vuelta lead
ALTO DEL NARANCO, Spain (AP) Spaniard David de la Cruz took the lead of the Spanish Vuelta from Nairo Quintana after completing a successful breakaway to win the mountainous ninth stage on Sunday.
The Etixx-Quick Step rider earned his first win at a grand tour after he pulled away from a small escape group, dropping runner-up Dries Devenyns with 600 meters (yards) left on the last of five ascents in the northern mountains.
The 27-year-old De la Cruz finished the route from Cistierna to the Alto del Naranco in three hours, 47 minutes, 56 seconds.
De la Cruz entered the stage in 15th place, 2 minutes, 46 seconds behind Quintana's overnight lead. His attack from distance took him to the top of the overall classification with a 22-second advantage over Quintana.