Samuel Sanchez delighted home followers by capturing the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain, from Guadalajara to Cuenca.
Sanchez held off his challengers in the 180km stage
Sanchez made his move eight kilometres from the end on a hazardous descent to claim his second Vuelta stage win.
Norwegian Thor Hushovd finished a few metres behind in second, with Alejandro Valverde retaining his overall lead after securing third place.
Sanchez was delighted with his win and said: "If you don't take risks, you don't win, and I took those risks."
Stage 13 result:
1 S Sanchez (Sp) Euskaltel 4:03.43
2 T Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole same time
3 A Valverde (Sp) Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
4 L Paolini (It) Liquigas s.t.
5 P Bettini (It) Quick Step s.t.
6 D Di Luca (It) Liquigas s.t.
7 R Marzoli (It) Lampre s.t.
8 E Zabel (Ger) Milram s.t.
9 S O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC s.t.
10 A Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana s.t.
1 A Valverde (Sp) Caisse d'Epargne 53:42.21
2 A Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana +35
3 C Sastre (Sp) Team CSC +52
4 J Marchante (Sp) Saunier Duval +1.04
5 A Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana +1.46
6 J Brajkovic (Slv) Discovery +2.13
7 M Beltran (Sp) Discovery +2.36
8 D Di Luca (It) Liquigas +2.39
9 V Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne +3.10
10 R Marzoli (It) Lampre + 4.07