Wednesday, July 14, 2010

TOUR SUMMARY: Schleck lights up stage 9 in mano e mano with the Spaniard, Contador; Armstrong responds to question on going for stage win

SHOOT: Lance are you going to go for a stage win?

"I'll try, but there's a lot of guys that want to do that too."

"We'll see, we'll look for the opportunity but at the same time you've got to have the power. The Pyrenees are tough. They're steep, and if the heat continues it's just going to make it even harder.

"But I keep progressing and getting better and better, after the crash, I'll be there. I'll be close."
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Andy Schleck promised a duel of epic proportions with Alberto Contador in the Pyrenean stages of this year's Tour de France after defiantly taking the race lead Tuesday.

Schleck, a climbing specialist who rides for Saxo Bank, started the day 20sec down on overnight leader Cadel Evans but finished the tough ninth stage with the yellow jersey on his back for the first time in his career.

As Evans struggled to keep pace on the 25.5km climb over the legendary Madeleine riding with a fractured arm, Schleck spent the latter half of the ascension trying to shake Contador off his wheel.

Schleck now holds a 41sec lead on Contador ahead of four days in the Pyrenees. When they are over, the penultimate stage time trial could still decide the race.

Schleck, however, is confident he can give the Spaniard something to chew on when the race heads back up to high altitude on Sunday.

Lance armstrong is happy to ride in support of levi leipheimer this year:
Brad wiggins has now set his sights on a top 10 finish:
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