Friday, July 10, 2009

Lance Armstrong: Championship-Calibre Teammate

"Like I've said all along, my first obligation is to the team."

--Lance Armstrong, during a TV interview after the seventh stage.

ARCALIS, Andorra -- Lance Armstrong dropped one spot to third place in the Tour de France on Friday, July 10, 2009, with rival and teammate Alberto Contador breaking away in the final sprint up the mountain to claim second. Armstrong began the day a split second off the lead and now trails by eight seconds. Contador, the 2007 Tour winner, sped ahead in the last 1.2 miles in an attempt to seize the overall lead. He started the day 19 seconds behind Armstrong and finished 21 seconds before the seven-time Tour champion Texan crossed the line.

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. The 140-mile leg, the first in the mountains, was won by Brice Feillu of France in a solo breakaway.

Excerpts from (July 10, 2009).

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