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Riding on the front remains a habit for Contador at Vuelta a España

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Alberto Contador was happy to make it through the team time trial

Alberto Contador was happy to make it through the team time trial
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Alberto Contador leads the TInkoff-Saxo team in the team time trial

Alberto Contador leads the TInkoff-Saxo team in the team time trial
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Alberto Contador high-fiving his fans

Alberto Contador high-fiving his fans
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Alberto Contador was a popular man at the start

Alberto Contador was a popular man at the start
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Even in a Vuelta a España illuminated by galacticos, Alberto Contador is by far and away the brightest star in the firmament, at least as far as the home crowd is concerned.