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The whole story behind this year's Tour

Updated: July 26, 2010, 12:23 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Tempting as it may be to reduce the result of a 2,262-mile bike race to an incident involving a six-millimeter-wide chain, any Tour de France hinges on interlocking events that have to be looked at as a whole. This one is no exception.

Yes, Alberto Contador's winning margin after Saturday's long individual time trial, when hostilities generally cease between the overall contenders, was the same 39 seconds he was accused of pickpocketing from Andy Schleck the previous week. ...

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