Kessiakoff wins Vuelta leg; Rodriguez keeps lead

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

PONTEVEDRA, Spain (AP) — Joaquin Rodriguez held a slim overall lead Vuelta on Alberto Contador in the Spanish after finishing seventh in the time trial on Wednesday.

Fredrik Kessiakoff won the 24.5-mile, 11th stage individual sprint by 17 seconds over Contador. Rodriguez finished 1:16 behind Kessiakoff to retain a one-second lead over 2008 champion Contador.

Christopher Froome finished 39 seconds behind the Astana cyclist's winning time of 52 minutes, 36 seconds. He's 16 seconds behind Rodriguez in third overall.

Contador moved ahead of Froome into second in the overall standings but couldn't overtake Rodriguez.

The 21-stage, three week race ends in Madrid on Sept. 9.

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