Vuelta a Espana 2013: Barguil wins as Nibali's lead is cut

Warren Barguil holds off Sky's Rigoberto Uran

Frenchman Warren Barguil won a second Vuelta a Espana stage in four days as race leader Vincenzo Nibali's advantage was cut to 28 seconds.

Argos-Shimano's Barguil, 21, held on to take the 146.8km stage in a photo finish from Sky's Rigoberto Uran.

Nibali, 28, struggled on the climb to the finish and his lead was reduced by 22 seconds with five stages left.

The Italian Astana rider's closest rival, American Chris Horner, broke away from him with about 3km remaining.

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde remains in third place overall but he also gained time on Nibali and is now just one minute 14 seconds behind the Giro d'Italia winner.

The race resumes on Wednesday after a rest day on Tuesday..

Result of Stage 16:

1. Warren Barguil (France/Argos) 3:43:31"

2. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia/Team Sky) same time

3. Bartosz Huzarski (Poland/NetApp) +3"

4. Dominik Nerz (Germany/BMC Racing) +8"

5. Jose Herrada (Spain/Movistar) +20"

6. Mickael Cherel (France/AG2R) +37"

7. Maciej Paterski (Poland/Cannondale)

8. Andre Cardoso (Portugal/Caja Rural) +40"

9. Amets Txurruka (Spain/Caja Rural) +42"

10. Chris Sorensen (Denmark/Saxo - Tinkoff) +45"

Overall standings after Stage 16:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy/Astana) 64:06:01"

2. Chris Horner (US/RadioShack) +28"

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain/Movistar) +1:14"

4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain/Katusha) +2:29"

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy/AG2R) +3:38"

6. Nicolas Roche (Ireland/Saxo-Tinkoff) +3:43"

7. Thibaut Pinot (France/ +4:37"

8. Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic/NetApp) +6:17"

9. Samuel Sanchez (Spain/Euskaltel) +7:33"

10. Tanel Kangert (Estonia/Astana) +9:21"

Top Stories