COLLADA DE LA GALLINA, Spain– Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification.
Cannondale's Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with over 40km to go to finish ahead of Astana's Nibali and Christopher Horner.
RadioShack's Horner and Nibali were the big winners in the overall race standings as the American moved ahead of Ireland's Nicholas Roche and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde into second place, while Giro d'Italia winner Nibali extended his lead to 50 seconds.
Having been dropped with over 20km to go, Movistar's Valverde, the 2009 Vuelta winner, fought back bravely on the final climb to the finish line to lose just 50 seconds and remain in third place, 1min 42secs behind Nibali.
However, it was disastrous day for Roche as he dropped to sixth, more than four minutes off the lead, after finishing 3mins 29secs behind Nibali, the 2010 champion.