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The Tour of Spain took a new and almost completely unexpected twist on stage eight?s crucial long time trial, as Belgian Stijn Devolder (Discovery) powered into the race lead and the local riders suffered one of their worst collective defeats in the Vuelta in recent years.

It may be a cliche, but on this occasion, the results after a 52 kilometre time trial run off almost entirely on a pancake-flat motorway through a desert -are the Tour of Spain organisers trying to drive away the public completely? - really did speak for themselves.

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