Sunday, September 7, 2008
Vuelta a España - Leipheimer back in overall lead
France's David Moncoutié of Team Cofidis launched an early escape bid that garnered him victory in the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España – 151 kilometres from Andorra to Pla de Beret – his first win in three years. While the 33 year-old enjoyed solo success, Spaniard Alberto Contador of Team Astana led the classification battle behind. His moves dropped favourite Carlos Sastre of Team CSC-Saxo Bank by five seconds and helped team-mate Levi Leipheimer move back into the race lead.
USA's Leipheimer, 34, holds 21 seconds over Contador and 49 seconds over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde of Team Caisse d'Epargne.
1 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
4 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
5 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
General classification after stage 8
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
4 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Saxo Bank
5 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia