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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Armstrong making huge effort but 37-year old may not have enough in the tank

Lance Armstrong may be in his strongest element of the Tour de France however instead of making up ground LA has lost a step after once again not finishing in the top three of a mountain stage Armstrong finds himself in 4th place overall 3:55 back. Frank Schleck won the 17th stage of the Tour de France in the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand as Alberto Contador cemented his grip on the yellow jersey. With five mountain passes during the 169.5km Alpine stage it was seen as a pivotal day of the race and 2007 champion Contador responded with a commanding performance, coming home sandwiched between Frank and Andy Schleck, the two brothers from Luxembourg. Frank was allowed the victory by Contador for his hard work and he moved up to third on general classification in the process with his younger brother and Saxo Bank team-mate Andy climbing to second overall, two minutes and 26 seconds behind Astana's Contador. It was thought this may be the final curtain call for the 37-year old Armstrong but it was announced yesterday that he has a new sponsor starting next year and plans to race on on the tour in 2010. However for this year's TDF it appears nature has finally gotten the upper hand. Not just the mountains but father time as well. Is the amazing run of Lance Armstrong over and is he just looking to pick up a check? Let us know here and in the World Sport chat rooms and blogs. Also see all of the action from each stage here as well as the overall standings.

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