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Tour de France Stage 14: Schleck refuses to be drawn in by Contador's tactics

Alberto Contador tried rapid acceleration and sudden braking in an attempt to drop the Luxembourger, Andy Schleck, during the Tour de France Stage 14. But Schleck didn't take the bait.

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The pack with Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes fields of sunflowers during the 14th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 184.5 kilometers (114.6 miles) with start in Revel and finish in Ax Trois Domaines, France, Sunday.

Christophe Ena/AP

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Long before Astana’s Alberto Contador reached Ax-3 Domaines, less than 15 miles from the Spanish border, thousands of the defending champion’s compatriots had arrived in hopes of watching him ride into yellow.

Instead, they saw Mr. Contador and race leader Andy Schleck of Team Saxo Bank fight a tactical battle, while France’s Christophe Riblon soloed to the Tour de France Stage 14 victory and more general classification riders, like RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer, fell out of contention.

Contador, in second place just 31 seconds behind Mr. Schleck, was responsible for much of the cat-and-mouse game the two played during the 115-mile stage.

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