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Miller wins Vuelta Stage 14; Valverde leads

9/9/2006

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.