Cycling

By: AP
By: AP
Lance Armstrong stays near the top after two stages of the Tour de France!

Lance Armstrong will be batting skepticism, his aging body and his rival, Alberto Contador, at this year’s Tour.

SPA, Belgium (AP) -- A brief look at Monday's second stage of the Tour de France:
Stage: A 201-kilometer ride from Brussels to Spa that followed some parts of the Walloon Arrow and Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day classics.
Winner: Sylvain Chavanel of France. Chavanel attacked at the 10 kilometer-mark and claimed a solo win on a day that saw numerous high-profile riders crashing in a slippery downhill. Riders involved in the crashes included seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong, defending champion Alberto Contador and the Schleck brothers. They all escaped serious injuries.
Yellow jersey: Chavanel, who now leads previous race leader Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland by 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Armstrong moved down to fifth, 3:19 back, while Contador lies seventh a further five seconds behind.
Quote of the Day: "It was dangerous all day. In the downhill of the Stockeu, it was something I had never seen before. It was like ice skating. Nobody could stay on his bike. There was people everywhere. I've seen guys off their bikes and sill crashing. It was like ice." -- Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong's sports director at RadioShack.


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