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Jakob Fuglsang leads Spanish Vuelta

Updated: August 20, 2011, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

BENIDORM, Spain -- Jakob Fuglsang is the early leader of the Spanish Vuelta after his Leopard team won the opening day team time trial.

The Danish rider finished the 8.4-mile first stage in the southern coastal town of Benidorm in 16 minutes, 30 seconds. Defending champion Vicenzo Nibali came in just four seconds behind with his Liquigas team.

Two-time winner Denis Menchov was 43 seconds off the pace.

"I can win the Vuelta," Menchov said before the race. "I am mentally focused ...

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