Quintana takes Vuelta lead on rainy 9th stage won by fellow Colombian Anacona



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ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain — Nairo Quintana took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta from Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde on a rainy and mountainous ninth stage won by Winner Anacona of Colombia on Sunday.

Anacona, riding for Lampre Merida, separated from a large breakaway group before finally shedding Bob Jungels and then Javier Moreno on the final ascent of the 185-kilometer (115-mile) ride finishing at the category-one Aramon Valdelinares summit.

A late attack further back by Alberto Contador that only Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez managed to match left Valverde and Chris Froome struggling to keep up and crossing around 20 seconds behind the other favorites.

Provisional results give Quintana, the Giro d'Italia winner, a three-second lead over Contador.

Monday is a rest day.

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