Dutchman Bauke Mollema broke away from a group of around 40 riders with less than 500 metres to the finish to win stage 17 of the Tour of Spain, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali held on to the overall lead.

Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen led in the pack for second, with Argentina's Maximiliano Richeze third.

In the overall standings, American Chris Horner and Spain's Alejandro Valverde trail Nibali in second and third place respectively.

Nicolas Roche finished today’s stage in 10th place, and now lies fifth overall - 3 minutes 43 seconds off the pace.

The Tour of Spain finishes on Sunday in Madrid.