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Tour De Lance: Stage 11

By Wyatt Earp | July 13, 2005

Alexandre Vinokourov won today’s 11th stage of the Tour de France, but Lance Armstrong’s lead did not change. Today’s portion was the hardest Alpine stage of the Tour, and although Vinokourov’s performance was stellar, Armstrong and his Team Discovery mates are looking at the big picture: namely, another title:

“We can’t chase down everybody that is at five, six, seven minutes,” Armstrong said. “We have to prioritize and he was not on our list of priorities, so we left him (Vinokourov) out there.

Team Discovery Yoda/manager Johan Bruyneel echoed Armstrong’s sentiments:

“We are in a good position,” Armstrong’s team manager Johan Bruyneel said. “It is up to us now to defend it.”

And defend it, they will.

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