Michael Albasini and Pieter Weening were part of the early action ahead of the summit finish on Mirador del Sol. Albasini was part of a big break that formed during the first hour of racing. Team Saxo-Tinkoff was unhappy with the composition and size of the group, so they put the hammer down heading into the second category climb. Before the summit, Albasini's group was back in the bunch. Weening's group was the next move allowed up the road. His seven-rider breakway never gained more than three minutes and was reeled in ahead of the summit finish.
Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) won the stage ahead of Daniel Diaz (San Luis Somos Todos). Diaz retains the overall lead with one stage left to race. Christian Meier was our best finisher in 48th place, 4:26 behind Contador.
"It became quite obvious very quickly that Saxo wasn’t interested in letting the move stay away. The group never gained more than three minutes. The general classification riders were very interested in the stage win, and they kept the breakaway at a reasonable distance, so they could reel them back to the bunch whenever they were ready." - Leigh Howard