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Contador leaves Lance in dust for lead

Updated: July 19, 2009, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

VERBIER, Switzerland -- The Tour de France star pedaled up out of his saddle in a mountain stage, dusted his rivals, and seized the yellow jersey that he knows all too well and covets so much.

This time, it wasn't Lance Armstrong, but his teammate and one-time rival Alberto Contador, who won Sunday's 15th stage and made a case to be the Texan's successor at cycling's premier event.

After such a dominant display in which Armstrong finished in ninth place -- 1 minute, 35 seconds after ...

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