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Rodriguez edges Contador in Stage 12

Updated: July 16, 2010, 3:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MENDE, France -- Alberto Contador sent a message Friday to Tour de France leader Andy Schleck: Here I come.

The two-time Tour champion dropped the Luxembourg rider on the steep final climb of the 12th stage, the Spaniard's first bold attack of the race gaining him crucial seconds in the title chase.

Joaquin Rodriguez, a Spaniard with the Katusha team, got stage-win glory by edging Contador in a two-man sprint at the finish of the 131-mile course from Bourg-de-Peage to Mende.

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