Kittel wins Spanish Vuelta's 7th stage

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TALAVERA DE LA REINA, Spain (AP) -- German rider Marcel Kittel won the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Sylvain Chavanel maintained the leader's jersey for the fourth consecutive day.

The Skil Shimano rider edged ahead of the pack for the victory after Tyler Farrar of the United States fell, causing an accident in the peloton just before the finish line.

Kittel finished the 114-mile leg from Almaden to Talavera de la Reina in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 59 seconds.

Chavanel protected his 16-second lead over defending champion Vicenzo Nibali.