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Valverde wins 5th stage of Tour Down Under

Updated: January 21, 2012, 00:41


ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the fifth and longest stage of the Tour Down Under on Saturday to remnain in position to race for the overall victory in his return from a two-year doping ban.

Valverde outsprinted Australia's Simon Gerrans - a stage winner on the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana - to win the 95-mile stage that finished with a climb to the summit of Old Willunga Hill.

Gerrans will wear the tour leader's ochre jersey Sunday in the final stage - a 56-mile race around a street circuit in downtown Adelaide - but there is no time difference between him and Valverde, meaning a countback might be needed to decide the winner.

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