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Soler conquers Alps, wins Stage 9 of Tour de France

Updated: July 17, 2007, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BRIANCON, France -- A favorite to win the Tour de France, Alexandre Vinokourov's title hopes are fading fast.

The injured cyclist fell more than eight minutes behind leader Michael Rasmussen in Tuesday's ninth stage, the last of three stages in the Alps.

Juan Mauricio Soler became the latest Colombian to show climbing prowess at the Tour, attacking in the last of three major ascents and holding off a pack of chasers to win the stage.

Soler, a 24-year-old ...

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