Contador Surges to Lead Tour's 14th Stage

Young Spaniard bests race-leader Rasmussen in mountain sprint
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2007 4:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tour de France leader MIchael Rasmussen was bested in Stage 14 in the Pyrenees yesterday by 24-year old Alberto Contador of Spain. After a grueling 122.4-mile slog through the mountains, the two men emerged almost 2 minutes ahead of the field, with the Netherlands' Rasmussen, 33, still holding a 2-minute-33-second overall lead over Contador.

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"The last week of the Tour is always difficult, but I will try to attack the yellow jersey," vowed Contador. Meanwhile, Cadel Evans, who lost his second overall spot to Contador, handled yesterday's terrain poorly, dropping 3:04 behind Rasmussen. Though the men face another tough climb today, they'll meet a welcome 7.5 mile descent into the Stage 15 finish. (Read more Alberto Contador stories.)

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