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Contador in command at Tour

Updated: July 23, 2009, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ANNECY, France -- Alberto Contador all but assured his second Tour de France victory Thursday, winning the race's final time trial while Lance Armstrong moved up one spot to third place.

Contador, Armstrong's Astana teammate and the 2007 Tour champion, increased his overall lead in the 18th stage in which cyclists rode against the clock on the 25-mile course in and around Annecy. The three-week race ends Sunday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Contador finished in 48 minutes, ...

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