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Rui Alberto Costa claims Stage 8

Updated: July 9, 2011, 6:42 PM ET
Associated Press

SUPER-BESSE, France -- The attacks never came on the first mountain trek of the Tour de France, as defending champion Alberto Contador and his main rival Andy Schleck both held fire and let others contest victory during the eighth stage.

There was much hype about the possibility of a first hilltop duel following a crash-marred week of nervous racing on flat roads.

But with much harder climbs to follow in the Pyrenees and Alps, three-time Tour winner Contador preferred to save energy ...

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