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Spanish Vuelta without Contador, Lance

Updated: August 29, 2009, 3:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ASSEN, Netherlands -- Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the opening stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 3-mile time trial in the Netherlands.

The Olympic time trial champion clocked 5 minutes, 20 seconds on Saturday to edge Tom Boonen of Belgium by 9 seconds.

American Tyler Farrar was third in 5:32.

Alexandre Vinokourov, back after serving a ban for blood doping during the 2007 Tour de France, finished seventh, 18 seconds behind Cancellara.

Defending champion Alberto Contador ...

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