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Time trial adds another chapter to rivalry

Updated: July 24, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PAUILLAC, France -- For the first third of Saturday's decisive Tour de France time trial, the invisible rubber band that seemed to connect Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck at their slender hips didn't stretch much at all. Then, suddenly, it began to contract, and for a few brief moments, Schleck, three minutes ahead of Contador on the course, stunningly slingshotted a few seconds ahead of him in cumulative time.

It wasn't supposed to be that close. That's what Contador had ...

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