Contador takes lead after 17th stage of Vuelta

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CAMALENO, Spain (AP) — Alberto Contador made an audacious break to win the 17th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday and take the overall lead from Joaquin Rodriguez.

The two-time Tour de France champion drew on his experience to make his gutsy break more than 31 miles from the mountain finish, leaving Rodriguez behind. He crossed the finish line 2 minutes, 38 seconds ahead of the previous leader.

Contador erased Rodriguez's 28-second lead entering the 17th stage. He let out two loud cries in celebration as he finished in 4:29:20, closing in on his second Vuelta and first title since returning from a doping ban.

Alejandro Valverde passed Rodriguez to take second in the stage and in the overall standings. The 67th edition of the Spanish race ends Sunday in Madrid.

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