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Vuelta enters final week

After its second rest day on Monday, the Vuelta a España enters its final phase this week, starting with today's 162 km flat stage between León and Valladolid and culminating with another sprinters' stage in Madrid on Sunday. But in between, there are several more chances for the GC riders and opportunists to go for glory, with two fairly hard climbing stages on Wednesday and Thursday, and the 39 km Guadalajara to Alcala de Henares time trial on Saturday.

After his devastating performance in the 15th stage on Sunday, Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros) is on track to win an unprecedented fourth Vuelta, as his nearest rival Denis Menchov is now 4'30 behind. Carlos Sastre (CSC) is at 4'50, and will likely push Menchov for the second podium place.

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