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Lance drops to fourth in Alps

Updated: July 22, 2009, 8:03 PM ET
Associated Press

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France -- Lance Armstrong couldn't stay in the front during the final Alpine stage in the Tour de France, so he played faithful teammate for Alberto Contador instead.

When all was said and done in Wednesday's Stage 17, the 26-year-old Spaniard further cemented his grip on the yellow jersey and Armstrong's ambitions for a podium spot were dealt a setback.

Frank Schleck and his younger brother Andy bumped the Texan down to fourth place from second as they broke away ...

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