Voecklers Tour lead shrinks anew as Andy Schleck rules Stage 18
The 26-year-old Schleck made his daring solo breakaway attack with over 60 kilometers to go to capture his third stage win in the Tour. He is closing in on Tour leader Thomas Voeckler, 15 seconds behind the French cyclist.
Galibier Serre-Chevalier, France
July 21, 2011 09:16 pm EDT
Sports, Cycling, Staging Race, Sports, Sports Event, International Tournament
Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck launched his attack on the second of three grueling climbs in the Alps to finish first in the highest-ever stage of the Tour de France Thursday.
The 26-year-old Schleck, who rides for Leopard Trek along with older brother Frank Schleck, made his daring solo breakaway attack with over 60 kilometers to go to capture Stage 18, his third stage win in the Tour.
Embattled Tour leader Thomas Voeckler crossed the line more than two minutes behind Andy Schleck but managed to hold on to the yellow jersey.
The French cyclist now holds a 15-second lead over Schleck, with Frank Schleck at third with 1:08 off the lead.
Meanwhile, two-time defending champion Alberto Contador lost precious time in the title chase. Contador is in seventh overall with a deficit of 4:44.
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