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Russian riders dominated proceedings in Friday?s mountain time trial stage of the Tour of Catalonia - and are now in a commanding position overall.

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) was the fastest on the 17.1 kilometre mountain time trial at Ordino-Arcalis, with Caisse D?Epargne?s Vladimir Karpets crossing the line just four seconds slower than his compatriot. Third place went to promising French climber Remy di Gregorio (Francaise des Jeux), 24 seconds back.

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