Guadalajara (dpa) - professional cyclist Philippe Gilbert has won the 17th and longest stage of the 74th Tour of Spain. The 37-year-old Belgian made his way from Guadalajara, 219.6 kilometers from Aranda de Duero, into a breakaway group.

Gilbert already celebrated his second success at this year's Vuelta ahead of Irish Sam Bennett and Rémi Cavagna from France. Jonas Koch from Schwäbisch Hall finished sixth.

The Slovenian Primoz Roglic successfully defended his red jersey as overall leader in the largely flat but quite windy day section despite some attacks. The former ski jumper is now in the overall standings 2:24 minutes ahead of Nairo Quintana. The Colombian made a big leap as part of the successful breakaway group and ousted his Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde. The Spanish world champion is now 2:48 behind third.

On the 18th Vuelta stage on Thursday, the climbers are again asked for Roglic. The peloton has four laps of the first category on the 177.5 kilometers from Colmenar Viejo to Becerril de la Sierra.

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