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Escape's success doesn't faze Astana

Updated: July 12, 2009, 5:00 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

SAINT-GIRONS, France -- The Tour de France danced in place Saturday, as Stage 8 unfolded with the peculiar choreography of a day in which every rider at the start knew a breakaway group was almost sure to win.

It may be hard to understand how 172 men can ride almost 110 miles over three challenging climbs, yet leave the top of the overall standings untouched. Get used to it. The same thing is likely to hold true Sunday, although that Pyrenees stage includes a pair of famously backbreaking ...

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