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Tour de France yellow stays on Armstrong

July 13, 2005 at 12:49 PM

BRIANCON, France, July 13 (UPI) -- The leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France remained on Lance Armstrong of the United States Wednesday despite a sixth place finish in the 11th stage.

Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov won the second alpine leg of the 21-stage race in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 38 seconds. Santiago Botero of Colombia came in second, followed by Christophe Moreau of France on the 107.5-mile course that ended in Briancon.

Overall, Armstrong, who is seeking a seventh consecutive victory in the world most famous bike race, has a 38-second lead over Denmark's Mickael Rasmussen. Moreau, who is 2 minutes, 34 seconds back, is third.

Thursday's 12th stage turns southward toward Provence in a 116-mile trek from Briancon to Digne-les-Bains.

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