Super sprinter Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale won Thursday's stage in Pontevedra.John Degenkolb, the young German sprinter from HTC-Highroad finished second, while Leopard-Trek's Daniele Bennati took third.
To no one's real surprise, the relatively flat stage came down to a bunch sprint. First HCT-Highroad, then Leopard-Trek took control in the closing kilometers, but Sagan came out on top and celebrated his second stage victory of this Vuelta a España.
Thanks to today's win, Sagan now sits just 6 points behind Joaquím Rodríguez of Katusha in the Points classification.
The general classification remained relatively unchanged with Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky retaining the Red Jersey of race leader. Chris Froome sits second at 7 seconds, Fredrik Kessiakoff is third at 9 seconds. A small split in the bunch near the finish allowed Bauke Mollema to gain 11 seconds on Wiggins. Smart riding by the Dutchman there! Here are the complete standings for the Vuelta a España.