Joaquin Rodriguez extends lead

Updated: August 30, 2012, 2:45 PM ET
Associated Press

DUMBRIA, Spain -- Joaquin Rodriguez surged past Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday and extend his overall lead to 13 seconds.

Rodriguez and Contador broke away from the peloton and rode wheel-to-wheel up the last stretch of a sharp ascent to finish the 118.4-mile leg.

"You can compare this end of stage to any in Italy, it is so explosive," Rodriguez said. "People had explained it to me and even though people tend to exaggerate, ...

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