• Nelson Oliveira of Lampre Merida in action during the thirteenth stage of the 2015 VVuelta a España (AAP)Source: AAP
Nelson Oliveira of the Lampre-Merida team caught his breakaway companions off guard to win the 13th stage of the Vuelta a España.
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5 Sep 2015 - 6:52 AM  UPDATED 5 Sep 2015 - 8:12 AM

Oliveira jumped away from a group of 24 riders in a descent with 27km remaining and never looked back. The 26-year-old, Portugese time trial champion, crossed the line one minute ahead of the chasers.

Julien Simon (Cofidis) was second and Nicolas Roche (Sky) took third place at the end of a 178km stage from Calatayud to Tarazona.

"This is the most beautiful victory in my career," Oliveira said. "I had won the Portuguese championship, an emotional success for me, but the feelings I had today are something I cannot describe.

"The feelings during the Vuelta have been good, I was in the front of the race in the Queen Stage too and I tried to attack, but I could not achieve a top result, so I tried again today.  

"I maybe attacked too early, but at that moment the breakaway members were recovering, and being aware that I needed to anticipate if I wanted to win, I decided to attack."

Overall leader Fabio Aru (Astana) finished safely in the main bunch, almost five minutes off the pace, to retain the red jersey.

He still leads Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) by 27 and 30 seconds respectively.

Oliveira led from a big break which contained 24 riders, including Simon, Roche and Australian Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEDGE).

Movement came on the Alto de Moncayo, the last climb of the day, with several riders in the break attempting to part company, but it was Oliveira who mastered the descent using his time trial skills to separate himself from the rest.

He increased his lead through the remaining kilometres to cross the line on his own with a minute's lead over his former companions. The peloton crossed the line 4min 48sec later.

A big battle between the top guns looms on the 14th stage, a tough moutainous ride between Vitoria and Fuente del Chivo.

SBS will begin its live coverage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday 5th September with the 215km 14th Stage from Vitoria to Alto Campoo. SBS/HD and streaming online at Cycling Central from 2325 – 0200.

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