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Contador’s Spanish Vuelta advance cut by Valverde

Alberto Contador absent 17 abnormal of his all-embracing advance Friday with alone one added day of absolute antagonism larboard in the Spanish Vuelta.

The Spaniard, behest for his additional Vuelta title, leads by Alejandro Valverde by 1:35. Joaquin Rodriguez is 2:21 abaft in third afore the abundance date on Saturday.

Philippe Gilbert of Belgium won the 19th date advanced of Valverde, who baldheaded admired abnormal off Contador’s advance afore the chief next-to-last leg.

Gilbert captivated off the Spanish leash of Valverde, Daniel Moreno and Rodriguez on the slight ascend to the accomplishment band to yield the 111-mile date in 4 hours, 56 minutes, 25 seconds. Contador beyond the band 3 abnormal afterwards in 10th place.

The abundance date Saturday is a backbreaking 106-mile ride that appearance 5 climbs including the appropriate class accomplishment at Bola del Mundo at 7,372-feet.

”Tomorrow’s date is actual boxy and actual threatening,” said SaxoBank’s Contador, who is on the border of a fifth achievement in cycling’s above contest afterwards abiding from a two-year doping ban. ”All the elements are there to accomplish it memorable.”

The 21-stage Spanish archetypal ends Sunday in Madrid, with a aboveboard date that is alone a precession. Valverde, the 2009 winner, will charge an absorbing achievement to abduction his additional Vuelta.

”Everything can break the same, or the belvedere could bandy about – it could be a crazy day,” Valverde said. ”But with Alberto leading, it’s boxy to brainstorm convalescent the position.”

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