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Hushovd wins Stage 16 at Tour de France

2011-07-20 03:50:53 GMT2011-07-20 11:50:53(Beijing Time)

PrevNextThor Hushovd of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 162.5 kilometers (101 miles) starting in Saint Paul Trois Chateaux and finishing in Gap, southern France, Tuesday July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Thor Hushovd of Norway led a three-man breakaway to win a rainy 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, while French rider Thomas Voeckler appeared to keep the race leader's yellow jersey.

The main title contenders were trailing several minutes behind.

Three-time champion Alberto Contador attacked in the final climb of the 101-mile route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Gap. It's likely he'll gain some time in his quest for the title.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHATEAUX, France (AP) — French rider Thomas Voeckler led the Tour de France after the second and final race rest day as the pack heads out on the hilly 16th stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Gap, with title contenders hoping to save energy before hard days in the Alps later this week.

The 32-year-old Voeckler has had the lead since the crash-marred ninth stage.

Barring an accident, Voeckler should still be in yellow after the 101-mile route that includes only one significant climb, the col de Manse, near the finish.

The fast run-in to Gap takes the 170 remaining riders down the La Rochette descent made famous in 2003 when Spanish rider Joseba Beloki took a nasty fall on sticky tarmac, forcing Lance Armstrong to swerve dramatically and dash across a bumpy field to rejoin the race.



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