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Menchov wins Spanish Vuelta opening time trial

Updated: August 27, 2005, 1:25 PM ET
Associated Press

GRANADA, Spain -- Russia's Denis Menchov won Saturday's opening stage of the Spanish Vuelta, the last major tour of the European road cycling season.

Menchov, riding for Rabobank, covered the 4.35-mile time trial in and around the southern city of Granada in 9 minutes, 45 seconds -- one second ahead of Belgian rider Rik Verbrugghe from the Quick Step team.

Australia's Bradley McGee, from the Francaise des Jeux team, was third, three seconds behind the leader.

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