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Martin takes Vuelta time trial, Froome holds lead

Updated: August 29, 2011, 14:03


SALAMANCA, Spain (AP) Tony Martin of Germany won the individual time trial Monday, while British cyclist Christopher Froome took the overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta.

Bradley Wiggins was favored to take the leader's jersey after the speed test but was third behind Martin and Team Sky teammate Froome. His lead over Danish cyclist Jakob Fuglsang is 12 seconds after 10 stages.

Martin pushed through wind and 90-degree temperature to complete the 29-mile test in 55 minutes, 54 seconds.

Martin, who remained over one hour off Froome's overall lead, was 59 seconds quicker than Froome and 1:22 ahead of Wiggins, who is returning from a broken collarbone sustained at the Tour de France.

It's the first rest day Tuesday of the 21-stage race, which ends in Madrid on Sept. 11.

Riders return Wednesday for the first of three legs in the northwestern province of Galicia, a 104-mile ride starting in Verin and closing with an 18-mile climb to the summit of the Manzaneda ski resort.

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