Simone Ponzi takes uphill sprint in Vuelta a Burgos stage one

Simone Ponzi takes the stage, Vuelta a Burgos 2013, Stage one

Simone Ponzi (Astana) took the 139km first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos 2013 to Mirador del Castillo, after outsprinting fellow Italian Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) in an uphill finish.

Ponzi took advantage of a selfless effort from Giro D'Italia 2013 winner Vincenzo Nibali, who guided his teammate through a tricky final kilometre, and will view this as an important warm-up race before the final grand tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana.

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