TORRE PACHECO, Spain -- German cyclist Andreas Klier took
the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday with a sprint finish, while Russian Denis Menchov retained his overall lead.
Klier, of the T-Mobile team, joined Francaise des Jeux's Jeremy Roy and Tom Stemsnijder of Gerolsteiner in a breakaway group after the start of 109.6-mile leg before crossing the finish line one second before Stemsnijder.
The T-Mobile rider completed the stage in 4 hours, 1 minute, 52
seconds, some 24 seconds better than Roy, who was third.
Menchov retained his 2:01 overall lead over Vladimir Efimkin of
Caisse d'Epargne. Menchov, a Rabobank rider who won the Tour in 2005, wears the gold jersey with a time of 52:14:21.
Riders face a long 128.6-mile 14th stage Saturday from Puerto
Lumbreras to Villacarrillo.
Former world champion Tom Boonen, along with Xavier Florencia
and Davide Rebellin, withdrew from the event to rest for the
upcoming world championships.