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Vuelta lead cut by 17 seconds

Updated: September 7, 2012, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

SEGOVIA, Spain -- Alberto Contador lost 17 seconds of his overall lead Friday with only one more day of real racing left in the Spanish Vuelta.

The Spaniard, bidding for his second Vuelta title, leads Alejandro Valverde by 1:35. Joaquin Rodriguez is 2:21 behind in third before the mountain stage on Saturday.

Philippe Gilbert of Belgium won the 19th stage ahead of Valverde, who shaved valuable seconds off Contador's lead before the deciding next-to-last leg.

Gilbert held off the ...

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