Tour of Spain stage 19 Samuel Sanchez

Just nine seconds. That?s all that separates Tour runner-up Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) and stage winner Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) - third and fourth overall - after the Vuelta?s last day in the mountains.

For the last two and a half weeks barring the stage to Torre Pacheco, the weather has been goood. But on stage 19 the heavens opened with a vengeance for the short, sharp 133 kilometre stage from Avila to the Alto de Abantos summit finish, tackled twice on Friday - and on both occasions in a downpour.

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