France's Alexandre Geniez arrived in his homeland to a winner's reception after clinching victory on stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead.

Towards the end of a 225 kilometre route that begin in the Pyrenean principality of Andorra before passing through Spain and ending at the French ski resort of Peyragudes, FDJ rider Geniez broke away before the final category-one climb to cross the finish line in six hours, 20 minutes and 12 seconds.

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) and Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) were second and third while classification leader Nibali (Astana Pro Team) responded to attacks from Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha), Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to take fourth and keep hold of the red jersey with a 50-second lead.

The top six remains unchanged with Nibali leading Horner, Valverde, Rodriguez, fellow Italian Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Roche.

Monday's stage - the third, last and arguably least arduous day spent traversing the Pyrenees - covers the 146.8km between Graus and Sallent de Gallego in the Huesca province.