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Wiggins takes control of Vuelta

Updated: Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 21:13

Bradley Wiggins - The Team Sky rider is back to his best after crashing out of the Tour de France in July
Bradley Wiggins - The Team Sky rider is back to his best after crashing out of the Tour de France in July

Bradley Wiggins claimed the overall lead in the Vuelta a Espana, replacing Team Sky colleague Chris Froome.

Wiggins, having climbed into the top three in Monday's time-trial in Salamanca, finished 13th in Wednesday’s 11th stage between Verin and Estacion de Montana Manzaneda and, with Froome 27 seconds back in 34th spot, it was enough to see him earn the red jersey.

Wiggins, who crashed out of the Tour de France with a broken collarbone, now boasts a seven-second lead over Froome in the overall classification, with reigning Vuelta champion Vincenzo Nibali in third spot, four seconds further adrift.

The 167-kilometre stage victory went to Frenchman David Moncoutie of Cofidis, who made a solo breakaway towards the end to cross the mountain finish in a time of four hours and 38 minutes.

Spanish duo Benat Intxausti (Movistar) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) came home in second and third spots, respectively, one minute and 18 seconds behind Moncoutie.