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Weening barely wins stage

Updated: July 9, 2005, 4:48 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

GERARDMER, France -- Lance Armstrong looked around for help and found none. He was alone, on a Tour de France climb, his rivals swarming all over him.

Armstrong's usually trusty teammates failed him Saturday in the first encounter with the mountains, unable to match the punishing pace set on the day's final ascent by riders determined to bring down the six-time champion.

"If it's two more weeks of days like today then you're in trouble," said Armstrong, who kept his ...

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