Denmark’s Magnus Cort Nielsen claimed stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana in a sprint finish Thursday as Nairo Quintana maintained his lead over Chris Froome.

Nielsen took his first Grand Tour stage win from Germany’s Nikias Arndt and stage 16 winner Jean-Pierre Drucker in 4hr 54min 31secs for the 200.6km ride from Requena to Gandia.

Quintana finished alongside Froome in the same time to maintain his 3min 37sec lead with just three stages remaining ahead of Friday’s crucial 37km time-trial from Xabia to Calp. – Agence France-Presse

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