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Alejandro Valverde takes Vuelta lead

Updated: August 20, 2012, 2:15 PM ET
Associated Press

EIBAR, Spain -- Alejandro Valverde of Movistar took the overall lead at the Spanish Vuelta on Monday after winning the third stage in a photo finish.

Valverde edged fellow Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez at the end of the 96-mile mountain stage from Faustino V to a summit finish in the Basque town of Eibar.

"Both of us deserved to win," Valverde said of Rodriguez, who looked like he was headed for victory when Valverde made his last push.

"At the end I was able to come back and win," ...

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