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Valverde wins third stage of Spanish Vuelta

Updated: September 6, 2004, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

SORIA, Spain -- Alejandro Valverde won the rainy third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday while the U.S. Postal Service team, led by Benoit Joachim, held the top seven spots in the overall standings.

Lance Armstrong, winner of six straight Tour de France titles, rides for U.S. Postal but is not competing in the Vuelta, the year's last major European cycling race.

Valverde, a Spaniard who rides for Kelme, outsprinted Stuart O'Grady of Australia and Denis Menchov of Russia ...

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