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Joaquin Rodriguez protects lead

Updated: September 2, 2012, 3:34 PM ET
Associated Press

LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain -- Joaquin Rodriguez withstood Alberto Contador's repeated attacks to successfully defend his overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta's 15th stage, won by Antonio Piedra of Caja Rural on Sunday.

Rodriguez stayed close to Contador's back wheel with every surge by his fellow Spaniard on the last special category climb to the finish line at the Lagos de Covadonga summit.

"Thank God there weren't any more kilometers to go because, if so, I wouldn't have made it," ...

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