Miller wins Vuelta Stage 14; Valverde leads

Updated: September 9, 2006, 12:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CUENCA, Spain -- David Millar of Britain won the individual time trial in Saturday's 14th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, while Alejandro Valverde retained the overall lead.

The 29-year-old Saunier Duval rider completed the 20-mile race against the clock through the hilltop town of Cuenca in 40 minutes, 54 seconds.

Millar, who came back from a two-year doping ban this year, beat Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, who finished with the same time but was judged to be slower.

"What's happened to me today is incredible," Millar said. "I was removed from cycling but later worked hard to return, and win. It's like being born again, beginning from zero. I want to send a message that it's possible to reach the top level without taking anything."

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan was third, five seconds behind. Valverde had the fourth-best time, 13 seconds behind Millar.

Sunday's leg is a 113.09-mile stage from Motilla del Palancar to Almussafes.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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