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The Spaniard has an advantage of 4min 2sec over compatriot Mikel Landa

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Giro D'Italia 2015: Alberto Contador loses a Grand Tour lead for first time after crash

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Giro d'Italia 2015: Richie Porte must step up into leading role as Sky enter new era

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