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Alejandro Valverde takes third stage of Castilla Leon cyling event

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SAN ISIDRO, Spain - Alejandro Valverde of Spain captured the third stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon cycling race, while Levi Leipheimer retains the overall lead.

Valverde covered the 157-kilometre mountain stage in three hours 28 minutes 16 seconds Wednesday. He edged Spaniards Ruben Plaza and Javier Moreno, both finishing with the same time.

Leipheimer maintained a 16-second advantage over Astana teammate Alberto Contador with an overall time of 8:33.26.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of the U.S. left the race Monday after breaking his collarbone in a crash.

Thursday's fourth stage is a 154-kilometre ride from Santa Maria del Paramo to Laguna de las Peces.

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