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Lance second, 1:37 off lead

Updated: July 21, 2009, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE, France -- Lance Armstrong mustered one of his strongest showings yet at this Tour de France on Tuesday, a dazzling burst of acceleration from yesteryear that allowed him to keep second place.

The seven-time champion was so buoyed by the performance that he suggested to The Associated Press he could still contend for the yellow jersey if teammate and race leader Alberto Contador has a "bad day."

Armstrong, speaking after the 16th stage in the Alps, stressed ...

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