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Graham Watson photos from the 2008 Basque tour

Alberto Contador wrapped up another 2008 stage race win Saturday when he dominated the final time trial of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, the tour of the Basque country. Contador grabbed the lead on the first stage with a blistering attack on the final climb. Throughout the six-stage race, sprinters like High Road's Kim Kirchen were able to grab stage wins while Contador's Astana team kept tight reins on the peloton to protect Contador's narrow lead.

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2008 Pais Vasco, stage 1: the peloton rolls out.

2008 Pais Vasco, stage 1: the peloton rolls out.

Photo: Graham Watson

Alberto Contador wrapped up another 2008 stage race win Saturday when he dominated the final time trial of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, the tour of the Basque country.

Contador grabbed the lead on the first stage with a blistering attack on the final climb. Throughout the six-stage race, sprinters like High Road’s Kim Kirchen were able to grab stage wins while Contador’s Astana team kept tight reins on the peloton to protect Contador’s narrow lead.

Contador entered the final stage with 14 riders within 40 seconds of his overall lead, but he took a commanding win ahead of Cadel Evans, who moved up from tenth to second on the GC.

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