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Tourmalet duel has anticlimactic finish

Updated: July 22, 2010, 4:30 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

LA MONGIE, France -- It was cinematic, yet still anticlimactic.

The top two men in the Tour de France, separated in the standings by just eight seconds, crested one of the most storied mountain roads in cycling in fog dense enough to blur the car headlights behind them and briefly render them colorless silhouettes.

When they emerged from the mist, the white-clad Best Young Rider was followed by the yellow-clad Best Rider, who chose confirmation over confrontation Thursday.

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