Greg Van Avermaet won a sprint finish in the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, with Egoi Martinez of Spain taking the overall lead.
Avermaet, who rides for the Silence Lotto team, finished the 124.7-mile leg along the Pyrenees in 4 hours, 57 minutes, 22 seconds. The 23-year-old Belgian edged Davide Rebellin of Italy and Spain's Juan Antonio Flecha in the final stretch, with the breakaway group of 11 riders finishing ahead of the main pack by 52 seconds.
Euskatel rider Martinez leads the standings with 33 hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds. Astana's Levi Leipheimer of the United States is 11 seconds behind in second place.