Anton suffers again but Rodriguez becomes Spain's top contender

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For exactly a year, Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) has had his eyes on the uphill finish of Vuelta a Espana stage five in Valdepeñas de Jaén where the Spaniard took his first Grand Tour stage win of the 2011 season and Spain's third in a row in their home race.

The winner of a very similar agonising steep finish at Mende in the Tour de France last year and a regular contender on the punchy climbs of the Ardennes Classics, last year Rodriguez finished fourth in Valdepeñas de Jaén, just one second down on winner Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

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