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Samuel Sanchez wins Tour 12th stage

Updated: July 14, 2011, 5:49 PM ET
Associated Press

LUZ-ARDIDEN, France -- Score one for the Schleck brothers -- Andy and Frank -- against defending champion Alberto Contador.

The Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Thursday, and the Schlecks delivered a 1-2 punch with attacks at the end of the 131-mile Stage 12 from Cugnaux to the Luz-Ardiden ski station. By the finish, Contador was gritting his teeth.

Spanish climbing specialist Samuel Sanchez, whose team is based in nearby Basque country, gave the home crowd reason to celebrate. ...

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