Updated: Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:54 | By Agence France-Presse

De Marchi sprints to Vuelta stage win

Italy's Alessandro de Marchi sprinted home alone to win the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde held the race lead.


De Marchi sprints to Vuelta stage win

Italian cyclist Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the seventh stage of the 69th edition of "La Vuelta" Tour of Spain, on August 29, 2014 - by Jose Jordan

Cannondale's de Marchi, 28, shook off his three breakaway rivals with 15km to go, holding off all their attempts to catch him after the mountainous 169km ride from Alhendin to Alcaudete.

Canada's Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin finished second ahead of France's Hubert Dupont of the Ag2r-La Mondiale team.

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