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Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) claimed stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana today, after the Danish rider attacked from out of a large breakaway group during the final climb of the Alto de la Cubilla to seize a solo victory almost half a minute ahead of his closest rival Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos).
Meanwhile, Primoz Roglic extended his overall lead after distancing the world champion Alejandro Valverde on the long final climb.
Just ahead of the first climb, a four-man breakaway group consisting of Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), teammate James Knox, Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida) and Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ) came to form, who were soon joined by al allege group of 15 more riders.
Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale) led the 19-man break over the top of the Alto de la Cobertoria after a late attack.
With about 9km to go until the break hit the climb to the finish, Bouchard, Seigle, Fuglsang, Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Philippe Gilbert (Movistar) went off the front of the break.
The five were joined by Knox, Sanchez, Geoghegan Hart, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) and Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias).
Angel Madrazo (Burgos BH) made his way to the group as they started the climb to the finish.
With under 10km to the end Fuglsang, Sanchez, Knox, Geoghegan Hart and Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) attacked the leading break group, with Amanuel Ghebreizhabier (Team Dimension Data) chasing.
Three kilometers later Fuglsang and Brambilla were off on their own, with Fuglsang later dropping Brambilla, leaving only Geoghegan Hart to pursue the Astana rider.
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