In his first Grand Tour appearance after a February doping suspension, Alberto Contador won the overall at the 67th Vuelta a Espana. In a marked departure from his dominance in previous years, Contador came from behind to make a daring attack in the 17th stage on Wednesday. He displaced Joaquim Rodriguez, who had worn the leader’s jersey for 13 days, and vaulted into the lead. For the rest of the race, Contador defended his time gains to finish 1:16 ahead of runner-up Alejandro Valverde. Twenty-three-year-old American Andrew Talansky finished in 7th place making him the second American to place within the top 10 of a Grand Tour this year.
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