Cycling - Valverde wins 6th stage, leads Tour of Spain

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Cycling - Valverde wins 6th stage, leads Tour of Spain
Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde of Movistar celebrates grabbing the Red Jersey on the podium of the 2nd stage of the 69th edition of "La Vuelta" Tour of Spain, a 174,4 kilometres ride from Algeciras to San Fernando, on August 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (AFP Photo/JOSE JORDAN)

- Alejandro Valverde leads the Tour of Spain after producing a supreme final climb to win a star-laden finish to the 167.1km sixth stage from Benalmadena to La Zubia on Thursday.

The Spaniard beat Britain's Chris Froome and compatriot Alberto Contador into second and third respectively to take the overall race lead from Australian Michael Matthews.

Valverde leads his Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana by 15 seconds in the general classification with Contador third, 18 seconds back and Froome a further four seconds behind in fourth.


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