Alexandre Geniez wins Vuelta stage 15 as Nicolas Roche goes on the attack

Alexandre Geniez wins, Vuelta a Espana 2013, stage 15

Following in the footsteps of Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) and fellow Frenchman Warren Barguil (Argos), Alexandre Geniez (Fdj) became the latest young rider to claim a breakaway victory at the Vuelta a Espana.

Having escaped early on, the 26-year-old built a huge lead on the climb and descent of the Col de Porte de Bales and consolidated it on the final Col de Peyresourde, reaching the summit a whole three minutes ahead of the only other survivor of the early breaks, Michele Scarponi (Lampre). That the stage finished on home soil for the Frenchman will have made the victory particularly sweet, and the nation now already has more wins here than they managed in their home tour.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.