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Valverde wins Vuelta stage; Brajkovic leads

Updated: September 1, 2006, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

ALTO DE MORREDERO, Spain -- Janez Brajkovic of the Discovery Channel team claimed the overall leader's yellow jersey Friday after the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta.

Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the 95.8-mile stage from Leon to the summit of Alto de Morredero in 4 hours, 1 minute, 5 seconds.

Carlos Sastre was four seconds back in second, with fellow Spaniard Jose Angel Gomez Marchante six seconds behind in third. Slovenia's Brajkovic finished seven seconds off the pace ...

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