Posted: Jul 21, 2011 7:18 PM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Jul 21, 2011 7:20 PM
LE MONETIER-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - Andy Schleck won the 18th Stage of the Tour de France in a dazzling solo breakaway attack in the Alps on Thursday, while Thomas Voeckler barely held onto the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Schleck attacked his main rivals on the second of three grueling climbs and held on all the way up to the highest-altitude finish in the race's 108-year history, on the fabled Galibier pass.
French cyclist Voeckler crossed more than two minutes behind Schleck but retained the race lead by a few seconds. Three-time champion Alberto Contador lost more time in the title chase.
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