Splitting Seconds — Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France

By Sadie Bass

Jul 7, 2009 1:32pm

ABC's Christophe Schpoliansky reports from London: U.S. cycling legend and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is tonight in 2nd position overall of the 96th Tour de France, just a few thousandths of a second behind the still leader of the race, Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. After today’s team time-trial won by Armstrong’s Astana Team, both men were within the same second since the start of the race in Monaco on Saturday (time is added after each stage, and the overall winner of the race is the rider who spends the less time on his bicycle). But since there can only be one man wearing the Maillot Jaune, the yellow jersey worn by the leader of the race, race stewards had to closely check the times since the start of the race and determined that Cancellara had just retained the overall lead by a few thousandths of a second. Tomorrow, the Tour de France will take its riders on a 223-mile flat stage between Cap d’Agde and Perpignan. And there is no doubt Armstrong will attempt to regain the Yellow Jersey he last wore on his shoulders four years ago, in 2005, when he won his 7th Tour de France.

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