Rodriguez rules at Covadonga as Froome loses time in Vuelta

Joaquin Rodriguez, Vuelta a Espana 2012, stage 15

Antonio Piedras gave Caja Rural a great stage win, but Katusha's race leader ‘J-Rod' Joaquin Rodriguez tightened his grip on the overall classification

Finally - finally - a break was allowed to contest the finale of a mountain stage, with Antonio Piedras of Caja Rural making the most of the day pass issued by Katusha, Saxo Bank and Sky, who helped up the tempo as the final climb approached.

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