Sanchez wins Vuelta Stage 13; Valverde leads
Updated: September 9, 2006, 10:03 AM ETAssociated Press
CUENCA, Spain -- Samuel Sanchez won the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta with a late breakaway Friday, and Alejandro Valverde retained the overall lead.
Sanchez broke away from the pack as it raced down a hill toward Cuenca in central Spain and held on for the win. He finished the 113-mile route from Guadalajara to Cuenca in 4 hours, 3 minutes and 43 seconds, ahead of Norway's Thor Hushovd and Valverde, clocked with the same time.
Saturday's leg is a 20-mile time trial in and around Cuenca. The race ends Sept. 17 in Madrid.
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