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September 8 update: The general classification is all but wrapped up and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) is ready to become the 2012 winner. Just one last sprint finish coming up in Madrid on a largely ceremonial day.

This is the final race of David Moncoutié's 16 year pro career, all for one team, Cofidis. He was an enigmatic, clean rider who won many prestigious major mountain stages while competing in the doping era. — Steve