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Contador and Schleck duel, Vino most aggressive, Hushovd retakes green jersey

Zipp athletes Alberto Contador and Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank), and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) were the key protagonists today in perhaps the most aggressively raced stage thus far in this year's Tour de France. After 210 hilly, twisting kilometers, Contador emerged with a 10 second advantage over Schleck after a sharp attack on the short, steep Montée Laurent Jalabert climb to the finish outside Mende. Schleck kept the yellow jersey, however, and maintains a 31-second lead over Contador, the Tour's defending champion.

Earlier in the stage, a breakaway containing both Vinokourov and Hushovd went clear after the peloton covered a remarkable 49.3km in the first hour of racing. By placing second and first in the day's two sprints, Hushovd earned 10 points and regained the green jersey that he's held for much of this year's Tour.

Hushovd floated back to the main field after the sprints, while Vinokourov continued to drive the breakaway and nearly held on for the stage win. He placed third behind Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) and Contador, and was honored as the day's Most Aggressive Rider.

With an eye towards the steep finish, Schleck, Vinokourov, Contador chose the Zipp 202 climbing wheelset while Hushovd went with the versatile 404.

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