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July 11, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, Associated Press
Lance Armstrong dropped one spot to third place in the Tour de France on Friday, with rival and teammate Alberto Contador breaking away in the final sprint up the mountain to claim second. Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini captured the yellow jersey from Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara after a punishing climb in the Pyrenees to complete the seventh stage. It was the first time the overall lead changed hands since Cancellara won the opening-day time trial in Monaco.
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July 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Alberto Contador won a showdown with Lance Armstrong on Sunday, capturing the yellow jersey with a dominating victory in the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France. Armstrong moved up to second place in the standings after the 15th stage but lost time to his Astana teammate, who took control of the race in ending Rinaldo Nocentini's eight-day run in the overall lead. The 26-year-old Spaniard broke away from other pre-race favorites with 3.5 miles left in the 128.
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July 12, 2009 | Lauren Goldman
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong remains in third place in the Tour de France, after Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez won the eighth stage Saturday in a sprint ahead of three other breakaway riders. Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy earned the yellow jersey for the second straight day by finishing in a pack with Armstrong and his Astana teammate Alberto Contador. Contador, the 2007 Tour winner, is six seconds behind, with Armstrong eight seconds behind.
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July 19, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, ; Associated Press
Lance Armstrong dropped one spot to fourth place Saturday at the Tour de France. Serguei Ivanov of Russia won the 14th stage and George Hincapie, Armstrong's former teammate, rose to second. Hincapie arrived 16 seconds after Ivanov in a small breakaway group. Hincapie is five seconds behind overall leader Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy. Nocentini was 5 minutes 36 seconds behind the breakaway group but kept the yellow jersey for the eighth consecutive day.
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July 15, 2009
Teammates Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong remained second and third Tuesday in the Tour de France after a technology-free day of riding in which Britain's Mark Cavendish won the 10th stage. Cavendish edged Thor Hushovd of Norway, breaking ahead in the final 200 yards. It was the British sprinter's third stage victory of this Tour. Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy kept the leader's yellow jersey.
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July 16, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, ; Associated Press
Mark Cavendish won the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held onto the yellow jersey and Lance Armstrong remained third overall. Armstrong finished safely in the main pack, with his Astana teammate Alberto Contador narrowly ahead of him in second place overall after Wednesday's 119-mile trek from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau. Nocentini leads Contador by six seconds and Armstrong trails by eight. "I feel in very good shape," Nocentini said.
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July 13, 2009 | Associated Press
With the Pyrenees behind him but the toughest rides ahead, Lance Armstrong is already talking about another Tour de France run next year. The Texan, coming out of a 3 1/2 -year retirement, was still in third place after Sunday's ninth stage. Astana teammate Alberto Contador stayed in second with about a third of the race over, and Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held the yellow jersey a third day.
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July 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Alberto Contador won a showdown with Lance Armstrong on Sunday, capturing the yellow jersey with a dominating victory in the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France. Armstrong moved up to second place in the standings after the 15th stage but lost time to his Astana teammate, who took control of the race in ending Rinaldo Nocentini's eight-day run in the overall lead. The 26-year-old Spaniard broke away from other pre-race favorites with 3.5 miles left in the 128.
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July 19, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, ; Associated Press
Lance Armstrong dropped one spot to fourth place Saturday at the Tour de France. Serguei Ivanov of Russia won the 14th stage and George Hincapie, Armstrong's former teammate, rose to second. Hincapie arrived 16 seconds after Ivanov in a small breakaway group. Hincapie is five seconds behind overall leader Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy. Nocentini was 5 minutes 36 seconds behind the breakaway group but kept the yellow jersey for the eighth consecutive day.
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July 14, 2009
Alberto Contador is playing down tensions between him and Lance Armstrong, a rivalry that has left a glaring unresolved issue at the Tour de France: Astana's leadership remains in question while these former champions vie for the yellow jersey. Armstrong told French television on Sunday that relations with his Spanish teammate are strained after nine stages of cycling's showcase race. Contador said during Monday's rest day in Limoges he has grown weary of the debate.
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July 16, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, ; Associated Press
Mark Cavendish won the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held onto the yellow jersey and Lance Armstrong remained third overall. Armstrong finished safely in the main pack, with his Astana teammate Alberto Contador narrowly ahead of him in second place overall after Wednesday's 119-mile trek from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau. Nocentini leads Contador by six seconds and Armstrong trails by eight. "I feel in very good shape," Nocentini said.
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July 15, 2009
Teammates Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong remained second and third Tuesday in the Tour de France after a technology-free day of riding in which Britain's Mark Cavendish won the 10th stage. Cavendish edged Thor Hushovd of Norway, breaking ahead in the final 200 yards. It was the British sprinter's third stage victory of this Tour. Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy kept the leader's yellow jersey.
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July 13, 2009 | Associated Press
With the Pyrenees behind him but the toughest rides ahead, Lance Armstrong is already talking about another Tour de France run next year. The Texan, coming out of a 3 1/2 -year retirement, was still in third place after Sunday's ninth stage. Astana teammate Alberto Contador stayed in second with about a third of the race over, and Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held the yellow jersey a third day.
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July 12, 2009 | Lauren Goldman
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong remains in third place in the Tour de France, after Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez won the eighth stage Saturday in a sprint ahead of three other breakaway riders. Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy earned the yellow jersey for the second straight day by finishing in a pack with Armstrong and his Astana teammate Alberto Contador. Contador, the 2007 Tour winner, is six seconds behind, with Armstrong eight seconds behind.
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July 11, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, Associated Press
Lance Armstrong dropped one spot to third place in the Tour de France on Friday, with rival and teammate Alberto Contador breaking away in the final sprint up the mountain to claim second. Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini captured the yellow jersey from Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara after a punishing climb in the Pyrenees to complete the seventh stage. It was the first time the overall lead changed hands since Cancellara won the opening-day time trial in Monaco.
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July 18, 2009 | Lauren Goldman, ; Associated Press
Lance Armstrong stayed in third place after a wet and chilly ride Friday and lost a crucial ally for the rest of the Tour de France when teammate Levi Leipheimer withdrew because of a broken wrist. Germany's Heinrich Haussler won the 13th stage by outclassing the pack with a solo breakaway, and Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini kept the yellow jersey for a seventh straight day. Armstrong, the seven-time champion, remained eight seconds behind Nocentini.
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July 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Lance Armstrong is ready to climb again, ready to leave the pack at the Tour de France after days of flat riding that belonged to sprinters. After three days of sitting back in the main pack while others challenged for stage wins, the worst thing to happen to Armstrong was a small puncture in his back tire in Thursday's 12th stage. Nicki Sorensen of Denmark won the stage, Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy kept the yellow jersey and Armstrong's tire was repaired within a flash.
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