Van Genechten wins Vuelta 7th stage, Contador crashes
PUEBLA DE SANABRIA, Spain (AP) Jonas Van Genechten of Belgium sprinted to win the Spanish Vuelta's seventh stage on Friday after Alberto Contador crashed near the finish line.
Contador's front wheel caught on another bike in a tight pack making a turn, sending the three-time Vuelta winner into the temporary barrier marking the course's final kilometer. He was quickly back on his bike but had several visible scratches and tears to his jersey as he pedaled across the line.
Colombian Darwin Atapuma held onto the lead of the grand tour for a fourth day.
Van Genechten beat a group of sprinters to claim the 158.5-kilometer (98-mile) ride over three category-three climbs from Maceda to Puebla de Sanabria in 3 hours, 55 minutes, 44 seconds.