April 06, 2012

ONATI, Spain (AP) -- Joaquin Rodriguez edged Samuel Sanchez to win the fifth stage of the Tour of Basque Country, maintaining his overall advantage on his fellow Spanish cyclist with one stage remaining.

Rodriguez, of the Movistar team, edged Sanchez in a sprint finish to close the 114-mile stage in 4 hours, 27 minutes, 16 seconds. Rodriguez remains 9 seconds ahead of the Olympic champion before the 11-mile time trial.

Robert Kiserlovski of Croatia finished 2 seconds behind in third, while Vasili Kiryienka of Belarus and Lars Petter Nordhaug of Norway trailed by 5 seconds to round out the top five.

The last stage Saturday likely will decide who wins the 52nd edition, with Kiserlovski 26 seconds behind Rodriguez.

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