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Schleck wins 18th stage of Tour de France
Andy Schleck wins 18th stage of Tour de France in the Alps to boost bid for yellow jersey
By The Associated Press

LE MONETIER-LES-BAINS, France (AP) ' Andy Schleck won the 18th Stage of the Tour de France in a dazzling solo breakway attack in the Alps on Thursday to boost his bid for the overall leader's yellow jersey.

The 26-year-old rider from Luxembourg attacked his main rivals on the second of three grueling climbs and held on all the way up to the highest-altitude finish in the race's 108-year history, on the fabled Galibier pass.

French cyclist Thomas Voeckler, who wore the yellow jersey into the stage, trailed minutes behind along with three-time champion Alberto Contador.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

PINEROLO, Italy (AP) ' Three-time champion Alberto Contador tried to cut his deficit in the Tour de France as the riders set off on the demanding 18th stage.

The punishing stage Thursday from Pinerolo features three tough climbs so difficult they are considered "beyond category," including the Col Agnel ' at 9,000 feet the highest peak in this year's race. It finishes atop the Col du Galibier at 8,700 feet the highest race finish in the event's 108-year history.

Thomas Voeckler took the overall lead into the 125-mile stage over the Alps back into France.


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