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Alberto Contador maintains lead

Updated: September 6, 2012, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

VALLADOLID, Spain -- Overall leader Alberto Contador moved closer to winning the race for a second time, while Daniele Bennati won the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday.

Bennati edged Ben Swift by a tire to win the 127-mile leg in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 17 seconds. Contador leads Alejandro Valverde by 1:52 and Joaquin Rodriguez is 2:28 behind in third place.

Contador finished 10 seconds behind Bennati, who won his seventh Vuelta stage.

"I just tried to stay attentive, ...

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