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Contador keeps 8-second lead

Updated: July 23, 2010, 4:21 PM ET
Associated Press

BORDEAUX, France -- Even without his most important teammate, Mark Cavendish showed yet again that few can touch him when it comes to sprinting.

The British rider captured the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Friday while Alberto Contador of Spain drew closer to victory. The defending champion leads Luxembourg's Andy Schleck by eight seconds entering Saturday's decisive time trial, a day before the three-week race ends in Paris.

Cavendish won a stage for the fourth time in this ...

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