Valverde takes stage and retains race lead in Basque Country

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Alejandro Valverde today won the second stage of the Tour of the Basque country from Zierbena to Viana, his second consecutive stage of the race.

The Spaniard - who was awarded yesterday's stage after the disqualification of Oscar Freire for irregular sprinting - beat his compatriot in a straight uphill sprint in Viana.

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