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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain -- QuickStep rider Carlos Barredo won the 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali kept the overall lead.

The Spaniard won the tough 116.4-mile mountain ride -- starting at Solares and ending with a special category finish at Lagos de Covadongain -- in 4 hours, 33 minutes, 9 seconds.

"I was convinced today could be a good opportunity," Barredo said. "Everything worked out."

Stage 15 Results
1 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step - 4:33:09
2 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne - 0:01:07
3 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia - 0:01:43
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:02:06
5 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ - 0:02:10
6 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:02:12
7 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 0:02:15
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:02:26
9 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia
10 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha

General classification after stage 15
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 65:31:14
2 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha - 0:00:04
3 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 0:00:39
4 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia - 0:02:29
5 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team - 0:02:30
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale - 0:02:47
7 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:02:48
8 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions - 0:03:48
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team - 0:04:29
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha - 0:05:27



Full results here..


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