Cummings wins stage 13 of Vuelta

Britain’s Steve Cummings secured what he described as “the best win of his career” as he took stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana, while Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.

BMC rider Cummings powered away from the breakaway group with one kilometre left to cross the line unchallenged.

Australia’s Cameron Meyer took second with Spain’s Juan Antonio Flecha third.

Rodriguez retains a 13-second lead over Alberto Contador, with Britain’s Chris Froome still 51 seconds back in third.

Froome’s team-mate Ben Swift finished ninth.

Cummings joins Froome, Mark Cavendish, David Millar and Bradley Wiggins as British Grand Tour stage winners in 2012.

Stage 13 results:

1. Steven Cummings (Britain/BMC Racing) 4:05:02″

2. Cameron Meyer (Australia/Orica) +4″

3. Juan Antonio Flecha (Spain/Team Sky)

4. Simon Clarke (Australia/Orica) +14″

5. Linus Gerdemann (Germany/RadioShack)

General classification after 13 stages:

1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain/ Katusha) 48:56:17″

2. Alberto Contador (Spain/ Saxo Bank) +13″

3. Chris Froome (Britain/ Team Sky) +51″

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain/ Movistar) +1:20″

5. Robert Gesink (Netherlands/ Rabobank) +2:59″

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