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Elia Viviani sees off Peter Sagan to take Vuelta a Espana stage 10

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Elia Viviani wins Vuelta 2018 stage 10

Elia Viviani won his second Vuelta stage on Tuesday, while Simon Yates retained the leader’s red jersey despite a late puncture.

Viviani, who also won the third stage, outsprinted Peter Sagan in the final meters to comfortably win the 177-kilometer flat 10th stage from Salamanca to Bermillo de Sayago.

”Everything went perfect,” Viviani said. ”I always dreamt of winning as many Grand Tour stages as possible. Now I have five at the Giro and two at La Vuelta and I want to enjoy my perfect train to win more until the end of La Vuelta.”

Yates had a puncture with about 15 kilometers to go but was able to rejoin the pack and maintain his one-second lead over Alejandro Valverde. Adam Yates, Simon’s twin, was among the riders who stayed behind to lead him back to the peloton.

”Things went relatively straightforward until the end, then I must have hit something on the side of the road, I punctured twice so it made things a bit nervous but we managed to control,” Yates said. ”I’m improving every year to try and win the general classification and now we’ll see how far I can go with this red jersey.”

Nairo Quintana, third overall, also had a puncture late in the stage, but recovered to remain 14 seconds behind Yates.

Diego Rubio broke away with about 20 kilometers to go, moving 20 seconds in front of the pack, but he was caught less than 10 kilometers from the finish.

On Wednesday, riders will face a 208-kilometer hilly route from Mombuey to Ribeira Sacra.

Vuelta a Espana 2018 – stage 10 results (Salamanca – Bermillo de Sayago):

1Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)

4:08:08

2Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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4Nelson Andres Soto (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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5Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)

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6Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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7Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida)

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8Jon Aberasturi (Euskadi-Murias)

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9Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)

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10Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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11Tom Van Asbroeck (EF Education First-Drapac)

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12Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)

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13Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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14Luis Guillermo Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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15Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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16Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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17Fabio Sabatini (Quick-Step Floors)

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18Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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19Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias)

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20Jordi Simon (Burgos BH)

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General classification after stage 10:

1Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

41:03:00

2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+01”

3Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+14”

4Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+16”

5Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

+17”

6Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)

+24”

7Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

+27”

8Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)

+32”

9Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+43”

10George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+48”

11Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’08”

12Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

+01’15”

13David De La Cruz (Team Sky)

+01’26”

14Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

+01’50”

15Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

+02’10”

16Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+02’33”

17Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

+02’43”

18Benjamin King (Dimension Data)

+03’01”

19Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors)

+03’17”

20Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

+04’29”