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Vuelta Stage 11 plus other news

Vuelta de Espana - Stage 11:
The day started with a two man breakaway at the 8km mark that saw it's biggest gap at the 40km point. The peloton was taking it easy, working only hard enough to let the break not get any bigger.  At 120km, the peloton started to reel in the break and they had made up the 3 minute advantage by km 150. 

 The Milram and Lampre-Fondital teams, along with Rabobank, did the majority of the work to make up the break. By the final 10 km, the speeds racked up considerably, with T-Mobile & Milram leading a long, single file peloton. 

Milram took over the lead in the final 2 kilometers. Zabel did the work to set up Pettachi to take the final sprint at the last corner.

Pettachi racks up his 18th career win today at the Vuelta.  coming by teammate Erik Zabel in the final meters of today's stage. Paolo Bettini took second, Zabel third. 

The G.C. stays much the same with Menchov, Efimkin, Evans, Sastre and Miquez in the Top 5 spots. 

Other News:
  • Ivan Dominquez of Toyota-United takes the first stage of the Tour of Missouri 
  • Johan Bruyneel has responded to criticism from the directors of the French teams Ag2r Prevoyance and Francais de Jeux regarding Alberto Contador's victory at the Tour de France. Ugh.
  • New bikes from Kuota, Canyon and Max Lelli at Eurobike
  • Will Frickshorn of Slipstream-Chipotle took the win at Saturday's Univest Grand Prix.

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