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Leopard's Fuglsang leads Vuelta after day 1

Updated: August 20, 2011, 13:45

BENIDORM, Spain (AP) Jakob Fuglsang is the early leader of the Spanish Vuelta after his Leopard team won the opening day team time trial.

The Danish rider finished the 8.4-mile first stage in the southern coastal town of Benidorm in 16 minutes, 30 seconds. Defending champion Vicenzo Nibali came in just four seconds behind with his Liquigas team.

Two-time winner Denis Menchov was 43 seconds off the pace.

On Sunday, the riders face a 109-mile course from La Nucia to Playas de Orihuela.

In its 66th edition, the 21-stage Vuelta is set to return to the Basque region for the first time in 33 years.

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