Italians on top in Spain

Italians Davide Rebellin (Serramenti) and Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) took the top two spots in a difficult, mountains stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia into Benahavís on Wednesday. The two were challenged by Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), who took third on the long, gradual uphill finish.

Pozzato was disappointed to be denied the stage win. "What a pity," he said . "Above all for my teammates that worked for the whole day. Rebellin was strong and the final was designed for him, but I spent too much to catch Flecha when he attacked at 550 metres to go, and to catch De La Fuente after. In the final 200 metres I started and Rebellin was on my wheel and he passed me in the last 80 metres."

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