Contador takes Tour's Stage 14

July 22, 2007 at 4:21 PM
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PLATEAU-DE-BEILLE, France, July 22 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen of Denmark came in a close second in Sunday's 14th stage of the Tour de France, retaining the yellow jersey as the overall leader.

Alberto Contador of Spain outsprinted Rasmussen to the wire, completing the 119-mile leg from Mazamet to Plateau-de-Beille in the Pyrenees in five hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds.

Rasmussen remained the overall leader, however, by two minutes, 23 seconds over Contador. Australia's Cadel Evans is third, 3:04 behind, but he lost time on Sunday and swapped places with Contador after a seventh-place finish.

American Levi Leipheimer finished fourth, 40 seconds behind the top two, and moved into fourth overall. He is 4:29 behind Rasmussen.

Germany's Andreas Kloden is fifth overall, 4:38 off the lead pace.

Sunday's stage, the first of three in the Pyrenees with a rest day thrown in, featured three climbs.

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