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Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) claimed his second win in this year’s Vuelta a Espana, following an attack during the final kilometer of today’s stage that earned the Polish rider a solo victory in Antequera.
Marczynski attacked along the final climb of the day, which serve to hold-off the remnants of an early 14-rider breakaway group.
Meanwhile, Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) was second and José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar Team) rounded out the podium almost a minute down on Marczynski.
In a dramatic finale overall leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) swapped bikes and promptly crashed for the second time on the day, before battling with two team-mates to limit losses in the final part of the 160.1 kilometer race.
As a result of Froome’s troubles Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) moved within 59 seconds of Froome.
In the meantime, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) executed one of his trademark attacks during the stage, gaining 22 seconds on Nibali, and 42 seconds on Froome.
The stage took a bizarre turn when a fan appeared to dive in front of a race motorbike that was following Contador, bringing down the bike, although the following riders managed to avoid crashing.
Vuelta a España 2017, stage 12: Motril to Antequera, 160.1km
1. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto-Soudal, in 3-56-45
2. Omar Fraile (Esp) Dimension Data, at 52 secs
3. José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar
4. Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Stef Clement (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at same time
6. Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac, at 1-42
7. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, at 2-50
8. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
9. Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at same time
10. David Arroyo (Esp) Caja Rural Seguros RGA, at 3-00
13. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 7-25
17. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 7-47
18. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott, at 7-47
23. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, at 7-47
32. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 8-07
General classification after stage 12
1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky, in 49-22-53
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 59 secs
3. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott, at 2-13
4. David De La Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors, at 2-16
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 2-17
6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin, at 2-18
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team, at 2-37
8. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac, at 2-41
9. Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-13
10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team, at 3-51
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