Vinokourov and Kashechkin steal the show

Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Team)

Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Team) (Image credit: Sirotti)

The two strong riders from Kazakhstan in this year's Vuelta, Alexandre Vinokourov and Andrey Kashechkin, again showed how it was done in today's 18th stage to La Pandera. After Vinokourov attacked with 5 km to the summit, Kashechkin joined him a few kilometres later, just as his captain was starting to tire, and the pair worked together to increase their advantage over Valverde and co. until the end, with Kashechkin winning the stage.

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