Alberto Contador today shaved 10 seconds off the lead of Andy Schleck in the Tour de France Stage 12. Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack took the overall team lead.
Tour de France Stage 11 finished in a wild sprint, with Mark Cavendish claiming his third stage win. But his HTC-Columbia teammate was disqualified for head-butting another rider.
The Tour de France Stage 10 was won in a sprint by Portugal’s Sérgio Paulinho. Meanwhile, his RadioShack teammate Lance Armstrong fell another two minutes behind overall leader Andy Schleck.
After Stage 8 of the Tour de France took Lance Armstrong out of the race, two other possible contenders – Cadel Evans and Carlos Sastre – lost critical time. Now it's a race between defending champion Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.
Alberto Contador of Spain is reflected in the sunglasses of Egoi Martinez of Spain as the riders wait to take the start of the 14th stage of the Tour de France from Revel to Ax Trois Domaines, France, on July 18.
Mark Cavendish burst into the lead in the final few hundred meters for an exciting end to Stage 6 of the Tour de France. American Tyler Farrar finished second. Tomorrow brings the first mountain stage.
Lance Armstrong used his Twitter account to announce that this year's Tour de France will be his last.
At 26, Alberto Contador has two more Tour de France wins than Armstrong did at that age, as well as victories in cycling's other “grand tours” – something the Texan never accomplished.