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Matthews wins 5th Vuelta stage; Nibali in lead
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August 28, 2013, 4:30 pm

LAGO DE SANABRIA, Spain - Michael Matthews of Australia won the fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday and Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's jersey ahead of American rider Christopher Horner.

The 23-year-old Matthews, riding for Orica-Greenedge, won in 4 hours, 28 minutes, 22 seconds, after finishing ahead of Maximiliano Richeze of Argentina and third-place Gianni Meersman of Belgium, who both had the same time as the Australian after riding 108 miles from Sober to Lago de Sanabria.

Matthews dedicated his win to teammate Wesley Sulzberger, who was ruled out of the race after fracturing his collarbone and elbow during Tuesday's fourth stage.

Astana rider Nibali is three seconds clear of RadioShack-Leopard's Horner.

The three-week race ends in Madrid on Sept. 15.

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