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Jul 16, 2011 7:31 PM by Jordan Mason

Belgium's Vanendert wins Tour de France 14th stage

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France (AP) - Belgian rider Jelle Vanendert won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, and French cyclist Thomas Voeckler retained the race leader's yellow jersey on Saturday.

Vanendert finished ahead of Samuel Sanchez of Spain, who beat Vanendert to win Thursday's 12th stage.

Big attacks from the Tour contenders were expected in the most grueling stage of the Pyrenees so far. But Andy Schleck only gained two seconds on defending champion Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans despite several attempts.

The 105-mile trek from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille finished with a 10-mile climb to Plateau de Beille, a famed and tortuous ascent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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