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Riblon conquers climbs to win Stage 14

Updated: July 18, 2010, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

AX-3 DOMAINES, France -- Christophe Riblon of France won the Tour de France's first stage in the Pyrenees on Sunday, while Andy Schleck fended off challenges from Alberto Contador to remain the race's overall leader.

Riblon finished in 4 hours, 52 minutes, 42 seconds -- 54 seconds ahead of Denis Menchov of Russia and Samuel Sanchez of Spain.

Schleck was 1:08 behind in fourth, in a group that also included defending champion Contador.

The pair stuck together throughout ...

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