Albasini wins stage, Wiggins keeps Vuelta lead

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PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Swiss rider Michael Albasini won the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Bradley Wiggins held on to the overall leader's red jersey for a third consecutive day.

Albasini, of HTC-Highroad, sprinted ahead of the leaders in the last mile to finish the 98.3-mile mountain course from Sarria to Ponferrada in 4 hours, 19 minutes, 39 seconds.

The day did not produce major changes among the race favorites. They finished in the peloton around a 1 minute, 30 seconds behind a group of 20 riders that broke away early in the stage and managed to protect their lead.