Sanches wins Spanish Vuelta stage 13

Updated: September 9, 2005, 12:59 PM ET
Associated Press

AMPUERO, Spain -- Samuel Sanchez won the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday after Mauricio Ardilla misjudged the finish line, and Denis Menchov retained the overall lead in the 21-stage tour.

Ardilla was leading near the end of the 119.93-mile stage when he stopped pedaling and began to celebrate after believing he had crossed the finish line.

With a huge smile, Sanchez shot forward and won the stage in 4 hours, 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Menchov finished the stage in a tie for ninth.

"It was an unforgivable mistake, one learns from those and I hope never to repeat it," Ardilla said.

Oscar Pereiro finished second, with Ardilla third.

Defending champion Roberto Heras, who injured his left knee in a crash during the 12th stage, finished ninth.

The tour ends Sept. 18 in Madrid.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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