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Contador proves his point to Armstrong, Astana
Alberto Contador made a point to Lance Armstrong and the rest of the Astana team with a thrilling break at the end of the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday.
it wasn’t quite enough to give him the yellow jersey — that honour went to Italy’s Rinaldo Nocentini – but it took him up to second place, three seconds ahead of Armstrong in the General Classification.
Was it enough to show that he deserves to be team leader? Is he now the race favourite? It was certainly a brutal attack and it raised real questions about the American’s ability to compete with Contador in the mountains.
PHOTO: Supporters cheer Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (C) and his team mate Alberto Contador of Spain (L) during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Gerona and Barcelona, July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau