Menchov wins Spanish Vuelta opening time trial
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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