From the Associate Press:
CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ, Spain — American rider Tyler Farrar (of Wenatchee) won the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, and Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde remained the overall leader.
Farrar, who rides for Garmin-Slipstream, finished the 124.3-mile leg featuring several difficult mountain ascents in 5 hours, 11 minutes, 10 seconds.
Belgian rider Philipe Gilbert was second in the same time, ahead of Marco Marcato of Italy.
Valverde finished 14th in the same time to maintain his 7-second overall advantage over Cadel Evans, who was 12th. The Caisse D’Epargne rider’s overall time is 45:37:51.
Robert Gesink of the Rabobank team is 36 seconds back in third, while Farrar’s American teammate Thomas Danielson trailed by 51 seconds.
Italian rider Ivan Basso remained in the hunt, the Liquigas cyclist trailing Valverde by 53 seconds.
Frank Schleck retired from the race without starting the stage because of a knee injury. The Luxembourg rider, who finished fifth at this year’s Tour de France, was running 61st and nearly 24 minutes behind Valverde.
Riders have a rest day Thursday before Friday’s 111.4-mile stage from Almeria to Alto de Velefique.