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Stage set for Tour clash in mountains

Updated: July 9, 2009, 7:49 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

BARCELONA -- The pot is primed to boil over in the Tour's prevailing mystery, as two protagonists wearing the same jersey finally may be forced to turn up the heat or step out of the kitchen.

Nineteen seconds in the standings and 11 years in birth order separate Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. Friday's mountaintop finish on Arcalis in the tiny principality of Andorra will be about a more complex tale of the tape -- Contador's sheer explosiveness versus ...

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