• Roche takes 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Vuelta lead


    Ireland’s Nicolas Roche claimed the 18th stage of Spain’s Vuelta on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin maintained his three second advantage over Italian Fabio Aru in the overall standings. Roche was part of a 25-man breakaway early in the stage and held off Spain’s Haimar Zubeldia on the descent to the finish to win the 204km stage from Roa to Riaza in a time of 5hr 03min 59sec, with Portugal’s Jose Goncalves in third.



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