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Preview: Vuelta a España's stage 9 climb to Valdelinares

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Race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) surrounded by his teammates

Race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) surrounded by his teammates
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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The haul to Valdelinares at the end of stage 9 brings the curtain down on the opening act of the Vuelta a España and allows scope for an additional shake-up of the general classification ahead of the race’s first rest day.