Haedo takes advantage of confusion for Vuelta win
Updated: September 06, 2011, 14:03
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HARO, Spain (AP) Juan Jose Haedo took advantage of a chaotic finish to win the 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Juanjo Cobo increased his overall lead going into the final week of racing.
Daniele Bennati was leading the sprint finish but mistakenly went right at a roundabout just before the end, taking the leading riders with him and allowing Haedo to move to the left and dash in alone over the finish line.
Haedo is the first Argentine to win a stage at any of the three classics - including the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia - taking the 126-mile leg in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 56 seconds.
"I managed to get by cleanly to the left and that was it. You always need some luck and today I got it,'' the Saxo Bank-Sunguard rider said after a stage that also was marked by a heavy crash with under 10 miles to ride.
Bennati managed to recover for third behind fellow Italian Alessandro Petacchi, while Vicente Reynes of Spain and Leigh Howard of Australia completed the top five.
Cobo finished 2 seconds behind Haedo in 10th, while closest challenger Christopher Froome was 4 seconds behind in 13th. British teammate Bradley Wiggins trailed by 7 seconds in 22nd.
Cobo leads Sky riders and Wiggins by 22 and 51 seconds, respectively.
The 66th edition of the Spanish classic continues Wednesday with a 131-mile ride starting in nearby Faustino V and closing in the northern Atlantic coastal town of Pena Cabarga with a sharp climb to the finish.
The 21-stage race closes Sunday in Madrid.