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Contador upstages Tour field

Updated: July 20, 2009, 3:20 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

VERBIER, Switzerland -- Alberto Contador made the sign of the gun as he crossed the finish line on this Alpine crest Sunday in tribute to his nickname, El Pistolero. But truly, the slightly built Spaniard didn't resemble a weapon so much as a bird released from tightly cupped hands, flying out of a haze of hype and doubt and drama.

It was simple in the end. Contador rose out of the saddle near the base of the final climb in Stage 15 of the Tour de France and with a flurry of quick, ...

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