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Unlike past years, this Tour still a work in progress

Updated: July 14, 2008, 6:50 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

ARGELES-GAZOST, France -- The first high-altitude, uphill finish in the Tour de France usually is where the race favorite tries to put the hammer down. But Monday in the Pyrenees, there was no real foreman in the crew, and the riders chiseled at each other instead, inflicting small wounds and building modest gains.

The overall picture is still a work in progress.

For various reasons, none of the men generally considered capable of winning this Tour definitively asserted ...

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