Moncoutie wins stage, Wiggins takes Vuelta lead
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A POBRA DE TRIVES, Spain (AP) -- David Moncoutie won a mountain finish to take the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, while Bradley Wiggins marked his full return from injury by claiming the overall lead.
Moncoutie broke away 8 miles from the end of the 103-mile leg, and the Frenchman reached the finish at the Manzaneda ski resort 1 minute, 18 seconds ahead of Benat Intxausti and Luis Leon Sanchez. The Cofidis cyclist clocked 4 hours, 38 minutes for his fourth career Vuelta stage victory.
Wiggins of Britain took the overall lead and finished 3:08 behind Moncoutie in 13th.
Wiggins, who sustained a broken collarbone at the Tour de France, took the leader's red jersey from Sky teammate Christopher Froome, who is 7 seconds behind in second place.