Spanish Vuelta without Contador, Lance
ASSEN, Netherlands -- Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the opening stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 3-mile time trial in the Netherlands.
The Olympic time trial champion clocked 5 minutes, 20 seconds on Saturday to edge Tom Boonen of Belgium by 9 seconds.
American Tyler Farrar was third in 5:32.
Alexandre Vinokourov, back after serving a ban for blood doping during the 2007 Tour de France, finished seventh, 18 seconds behind Cancellara.
Defending champion Alberto Contador skipped the race after winning this year's Tour. Rival Lance Armstrong, who was third in the Tour, also withdrew.
After three stages in Belgium, the race heads to Spain and goes south along the Mediterranean coast, ending in Madrid on Sept. 20.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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