Armstrong retains yellow jersey

Lance Armstrong retained his overall lead in the Tour de France’s flat, fast Stage 13 today, which was won by Robbie McEwen in a sprint.
The win was McEwen’s third of this Tour.
Armstrong and his main rivals finished together in the stage across southern France ahead of the upcoming Pyrenees stages, which start tomorrow.
Armstrong’s lead over second-placed Mickael Rasmussen of Denmark stayed at 38 seconds, with French rider Christophe Moreau still third—2:34 behind the six-time champion.
Italy’s Ivan Basso remains 2:40 back in fourth overall. Jan Ullrich of Germany is 4:02 behind, but rose to eighth in the standings after Spain’s Alejandro Valverde retired injured.
Valverde—winner of the first Alpine stage—had been fifth overall.
“Everybody is waiting” for the Pyrenees, said Armstrong, explaining why he and his rivals did not do battle over today’s 173.5-km trek from Miramas to Montpellier.
McEwen attributed his victory to his Davitamon-Lotto team, which helped reel in a group of riders that escaped—setting the Australian sprinter up for his dash to the line.

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