Spaniard De La Cruz wins Vuelta stage nine, takes red jersey

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Posted: Aug 28, 2016 12:00 PM

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spaniard David de la Cruz won the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain and moved into the lead in the general classification ahead of Nairo Quintana.

Etixx Quick Step rider De la Cruz finished 27 seconds ahead of Belgian Dries Devenyns following a commanding late attack on the final climb of the 164.5km stage from Cistierna to Alto de Naranco and will wear the red jersey in Monday's stage from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga.

Italian Moreno Moser came third, a further six seconds behind Devenyns.

De La Cruz entered the stage in 15th place but now leads Colombian Quintana by 22 seconds and is a further 19 seconds ahead of compatriot Alejandro Valverde, who moved eight seconds in front of Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

The Briton finished together with Quintana, Spaniard Alberto Contador and Colombian Johan Esteban Chaves, two minutes and 56 seconds behind De La Cruz.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)