Michaelsen maintains lead

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Germany's Marcel Wust spoiled Italian Fabrizio Guidi's bid for the overall lead on the third day of the Tour of Spain yesterday, snatching his second victory in as many days. He beat Guidi and Germany's Sven Teutenberg in a mass sprint after 173.3km of racing from Loule in Portugal.

Denmark's Lars Michaelsen retained the yellow jersey of leader by one second from Guidi after the Italian, 10 seconds behind the Dane overnight, gained 11 seconds in time deductions for his second placing and victory in one of the day's three intermediate sprints.

Michaelsen, however, earned a deduction of two seconds in that sprint to stay on top after Guidi's last chance to oust him was lost when Wust took the victory bonus of 12 seconds.