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Landis cracks in Alps; Rasmussen wins stage

Updated: July 19, 2006, 8:27 PM ET
Associated Press

LA TOUSSUIRE, France -- In a single torturous Alpine stage, Floyd Landis' lead and chance for a Tour de France victory slipped away almost pitifully Wednesday as rider after rider passed him on the punishing final climb.

Abandoned by his teammates, Landis fell apart, dropped to 11th place and lost the leader's yellow jersey a day after regaining it in a spectacular ride up the famed L'Alpe d'Huez.

Landis, now 8 minutes, 8 seconds, behind new race leader Oscar Pereiro, was ...

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