Van Poppel wins 12th stage Spanish Vuelta, Aru leads overall


LLEIDA, Spain (AP) Danny Van Poppel of the Netherlands won the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in a mass sprint for the finish line, while Fabio Aru retained the overall leader’s red jersey on Thursday.

Van Poppel recovered well after having to repair a punctured tire 10 kilometers (six miles) from the end of the 173-kilometer (107-mile) mainly downhill ride from Andorra through the Pyrenees Mountains to Lleida.

Daryl Impey of South Africa was second, and Tosh Van der Sande of Belgium third, both on the same time as Van Poppel.

Friday’s 13th stage is a 178-kilometer (111-mile) mountainous ride from Calatayud to Tarazona including the category 1 Alto de Beraton summit.