Pinot dominates Covadonga climb to win Vuelta’s 15th stage

LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain (AP) — Thibaut Pinot won the challenging 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta with a dominant charge up the iconic climb into Lagos de Covadonga on Sunday, while Simon Yates stayed close and added a few seconds to his overall lead.

Pinot broke away under dense fog with about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to go and the Groupama-FDJ rider held on for an impressive victory after a 178.2-kilometer (110.7-mile) ride through the Picos de Europa mountains in northern Spain.

He crossed the line 28 seconds in front of Miguel Angel Lopez and 30 seconds ahead of Yates. Alejandro Valverde was fourth, 32 seconds off the lead.

Yates, who made several breakaway attempts near the top, gained six seconds on Valverde, increasing his overall lead to 26 seconds. Nairo Quintana remained third, 33 seconds behind Yates and 10 seconds in front of Lopez.

Monday is the second and final rest day of the three-week Grand Tour race that ends next Sunday in Madrid.

The race resumes Tuesday with a 32-kilometer (19.8-mile) time trial from Santillana del Mar to Torrelavega in northern Spain.

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