Vuelta 17: Weylandt wins fifth for QuickStep

Contador stays comfortably in gold

Belgium's Wouter Weylandt (QuickStep) won the 148.2km Stage 17 of the Tour of Spain, between Zamora and Valladolid Wednesday.

Spain's 2007 Tour de France and 2008 Tour of Italy champion Alberto Contador remained the overall leader for the fifth consecutive day.

Weylandt, who turns 24 next month, beat home Denmark's Matti Breschel while Belarus' Alexandre Usov was third, finishing the stage in 3:18.48. It was the first major win of his cycling career and the second consecutive win for QuickStep after Tom Boonen won Wednesday's stage.

The race continues on Thursday with a 167.4 kilometre ride between Valladolid and Las Rozas. It ends on Sunday in Madrid. If Contador - the 2007 Tour de France winner and reigning Giro d'Italia champion - wins the Vuelta he will become the first rider since Frenchman Bernard Hinault, over two decades ago, to win all three major Tours.

For a complete report with results and photos, visit Cyclingnews.com.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2008 

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