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Italian avoids pileup, takes Stage 6

Updated: July 8, 2005, 11:28 AM ET
Associated Press

NANCY, France -- Lance Armstrong played it safe on rain-soaked roads. Alexandre Vinokourov chose a risky approach -- and it paid off.

Vinokourov shaved 19 seconds off Armstrong's overall lead Thursday by surging toward the end to place second in the sixth stage of the Tour de France. The rider from Kazakhstan, third overall, still trails Armstrong by 62 seconds.

"The road was very dangerous, especially with the rain," Vinokourov said. "But I took the risk to get second place. I am very ...

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