Mollema wins 17th Vuelta stage, Nibali keeps lead

The Associated Press

BURGOS, Spain (AP) -- Bauke Mollema of Netherlands won the 17th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in a sprinting finish on Wednesday, and Vincenzo Nibali retained his overall lead.

Nibali of Italy maintains a 28-second lead over second-place Christopher Horner of the United States, who rides for Radioshack-Leopard.

Mollema, a 26-year-old Belkin-Pro rider, finished the 117-mile ride from Calahorra to Burgos in 4 hours, 44 minutes, 28 seconds. He crossed just ahead of Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen, who finished in the same time.

Lampre-Merida rider Maximiliano Ariel Richeze of Argentina was third in the same time.

On Thursday, the riders tackle a grueling 116-mile mountain stage from Burgos to Pena Cabarga. It includes three category 3 climbs, one category 2 peak and a category 1 ascent to the finish line.

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