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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COTOBELLO, Spain -- Mikel Nieve of Spain won the 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday and Joaquin Rodriguez regained the overall lead.

Nieve secured his first career stage win by finishing the grueling 112.7-mile ride in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 59 seconds. The Euskaltel Euskadi cyclist pulled away late to ride alone up the Cotobello summit to the finish.

Frank Schleck of Saxo Bank was 1 minute, 6 seconds back, while Kevin de Weert was third.

Rodriguez was fourth but took the leader's red jersey for the second time by moving 33 seconds ahead of overnight leader Vincenzo Nibali. Rodriguez has an overall time of 70:24:39.

Stage 16 Results
1 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi - 4:51:59
2 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:06
3 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step - 0:01:08
4 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha - 0:01:22
5 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 0:01:32
6 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 0:01:40
7 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 0:01:42
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale - 0:01:44
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team - 0:01:50
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:01:59

General classification after stage 16
1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha - 70:24:39
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:00:33
3 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 0:00:53
4 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:02:16
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale - 0:03:01
6 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia - 0:04:27
7 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions - 0:04:29
8 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team - 0:04:43
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team - 0:04:53
10 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 0:06:23



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