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Heras leads Spanish Vuelta as Quesada wins stage

Updated: September 14, 2005, 1:38 PM ET
Associated press

LA GRANJA DE SAN ILDEFONSO, Spain -- Defending champion Robert Heras retained the overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday, and Carlos Garcia Quesada won the 17th stage in a mountain route outside Madrid.

Garcia Quesada, who rides for Comunitat Valenciana, won the stage in 3 hours, 51 minutes. Francisco Mancebo of Illes Balears was second, 46 seconds behind, followed by Phonak rider Santos Gonzalez.

Heras, a three-time Vuelta champion riding for Liberty Seguros, retained ...

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