Igor Anton celebrated victory today after attacking on the steep 23% gradients of the final climb. The Euskaldi-Euskaltel rider quickly opened up a solid gap over the lead group which included Joaquím Rodríguez, Vincenzo Nibali, and Philippe Gilbert. Rodríguez, in particular, has made a specialty of steep finishes like this one, but he could not answer Anton's well-timed attack, which netted the Basque his second ever stage victory. Vincenzo Nibali finished second followed by Rodríguez and Gilbert. Also of note, first time grand tour rider Tejay van Garderen finished fourth behind Gilbert. Gilbert continues to wear the Red Jersey of race leader with Anton and Nibali both close behind at 10 seconds down. Anton, meanwhile, takes over the lead in the Points. The Vuelta, so not a sprinters' party.
This thread is especially for Albertina ;-)