Andy Schleck Climbs to Stage 17 Win in Tour de France 2010 Ahead of Alberto Contador Who Nears Tour de France Title

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07/22/2010| 0 comments
by AP, with additional commentary by Roadcycling.com
Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador climb. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador climb. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Andy Schleck Climbs to Stage 17 Win in Tour de France 2010 Ahead of Alberto Contador Who Nears Tour de France Title

Pair stays together during the finishing climb up the final mountain of the 2010 Tour de France - the famed Col du Tourmalet.

hard and stop.

The Pyrenees are behind the riders now, and after four days of struggling at the back over the climbs, the sprinters are likely to fight out the win in Friday's 18th stage, a 198-kilometer (123-mile) virtually flat ride from Salies-de-Bearn to Bordeaux, which could turn out to be windy allowing for the peloton to split.

Cervelo TestTeam's Thor Hushovd of Norway holds the green jersey of points leader ahead of Italy's Alessandro Pettachi (Team Lampre), with Mark Cavendish (Team HTC-Columbia) of Britain also in the hunt for the stage win and hoping for the green jersey when the riders reach Paris.

The Tour de France 2010 finishes in Paris on Sunday.

Click here for full 2010 Tour de France stage 17 results.

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