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Contador Claims TDF Crown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PARIS (AP) - Alberto Contador has won the doping-scarred Tour de
France, a three-week race shaken to its core by scandals.
The 24-year-old rider is the youngest champion since Jan Ullrich
of Germany in 1997.
He's the first Spaniard to stand on the winner's podium since
Miguel Indurain won the last of his five titles in 1995.
Contador's 23-second margin of victory over Australia's Cadel
Evans is the second-narrowest in the Tour's 104-year history.
American Levi Leipheimer finished third.
Contador had seemed destined for second place, but took over the
lead when Denmark's Michael Rasmussen was sent home by his team for
lying about his whereabouts when he missed doping tests in June.
Pre-race favorite Alexandre Vinokourov and Cristian Moreni of Italy failed doping tests and were also sent home during cycling's premier event.
Today's final stage was won by Italy's Daniele Bennati.


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