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Contador close to sealing Tour title

Updated: July 22, 2010, 6:53 PM ET
Associated Press

COL DU TOURMALET, France -- Alberto Contador never wavered.

Under a blistering attack from Andy Schleck, the Spaniard tightened his grip on a third Tour de France title in four years by matching every acceleration his rival threw at him during the ride up a fabled Pyrenean climb in Thursday's 17th stage.

Schleck delivered on his promise to ride well on the last mountain of this year's race.

It just wasn't enough to shake Contador.

Schleck set a punishing pace up the last ...

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