Armstrong takes back Tour lead from Jens Voigt

12th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2005, Courchevel, France - Six-time champion Lance Armstrong took a firm hold of the 2005 Tour de France in Tuesday's tenth stage as most of his rivals faded badly in the French Alps. On the grueling 22.2-km final climb to the finish line, Armstrong shook off most of his serious challengers for the title, such as German Jan Ullrich and Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, and appears to have taken a major step toward winning his seventh consecutive Tour title. Armstrong took over the race leader's y

12 July 2005

Courchevel, France - Six-time champion Lance Armstrong took a firm hold of the 2005 Tour de France in Tuesday's tenth stage as most of his rivals faded badly in the French Alps.

On the grueling 22.2-km final climb to the finish line, Armstrong shook off most of his serious challengers for the title, such as German Jan Ullrich and Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, and appears to have taken a major step toward winning his seventh consecutive Tour title.

Armstrong took over the race leader's yellow jersey from former leader Jens Voigt of Germany, who held the lead for just one day. The stage winner, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who beat out Armstrong in a sprint, rode the 181 kilometres from Brignoud to the ski resort of Courchevel in 4 hours 50:35 minutes.

A protest by farmers over their livestock being attacked by wolves shortened the stage by 11.5 kilometres and delayed its start by 30 minutes.

Wednesday's eleventh stage takes the riders even higher into the French Alps, with two legendary climbs rated beyond category in difficulty on the programme.

DPA

Subject: German news

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