Contador wins 2nd Vuelta title for 5th major win

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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

MADRID (AP) — Alberto Contador won his second Spanish Vuelta title for a fifth triumph at cycling's major races Sunday, just over a month after his doping ban ended.

The Spanish cyclist navigated the straightforward and largely processional final leg into and around Madrid with ease to edge out Spanish compatriots Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez in the 21-stage race.

John Degenkolb won the 71-mile flat ride from Cercedilla for his fifth stage victory during this race.

Contador, who also won the race in 2008 and the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, served a six-month ban after testing positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour.

All of his results in the past two years were erased, costing him the 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro d'Italia titles.

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