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Rasmussen takes stage, extends lead

July 25, 2007 at 1:03 PM   |   Comments

GOURETTE-COL D'AUBISQUE, France, July 25 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen extended his overall Tour de France lead to 3 minutes, 10 seconds by winning Wednesday's five-climb stage in the Pyrenees.

Rasmussen completed the 136.5-mile run from Orthez to Gourette-Col d'Aubisque in the Pyrenees in 6 hours, 23 minutes and 21 seconds, beating stage runner-up Levi Leipheimer by 26 seconds. Alberto Contador was third, 35 seconds behind Rasmussen.

It was Rasmussen's second stage victory this year and pushed his overall advantage to 3 minutes, 10 seconds over Contador. Cadel Evans struggled to keep up with the leaders in the final climb Wednesday and finished fourth.

Evans is more than 5 minutes behind Rasmussen in the overall standings.

Leipheimer is fourth overall, 5:59 off the pace.

Four stages remain in this year's Tour de France, including Thursday's 118-mile route from Pau to Castellsarrasin. The tour is to wrap up Sunday in Paris.

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