Miguel Indurain retires from the Tour of Spain

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Miguel Indurain retired from the Tour of Spain 30km from the end of yesterday's 13th stage after struggling to keep in touch with the pack in a tough mountain section. The five-times Tour de France winner, who started the section in third place overall, had slowed to talk to the team doctor on several occasions. The decision to drop out has prompted further speculation that Indurain will announce his retirement from competition soon.

TOUR OF SPAIN 13th stage (Oviedo to Cangas de Onis, 159km/98miles) Leading places: 1 L Jalabert (Fr) ONCE 4hr, 1min 48sec; 2 A Zulle (Swit) ONCE same time; 3 M Gianetti (Swit) Polti +15sec; 4 T Rominger (Swit) Mapei- GB +25sec; 5 G Tostching (Aut) Polti; 6 M A Serrano (Sp) Kelme-Artiach; 7 D Rebellin (It) Polti all s/t; 8 S Faustini (It) Aki-Gipiemme +31sec; 9 L Defaux (Swit) Lotus +45 10 D Clavero (Sp) MX Onda Eurospor +1min 32sec. Overall standings: 1 A Zulle (Swit) ONCE 56hr 19min 12sec; 2 L Jalabert (Fr) ONCE +1min 13sec; 3 L Dufaux (Swit) Lotus +5:24 ; 4 S Faustini (It) Aki-Gipiemme +6:26; 5 M Mauri (Sp) ONCE +6:51; 6 R Pistore (It) MG-Technogym +6:54.