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Tour's 13th stage starts: Day 2 in Pyrenees

Updated: July 15, 2011, 07:35


Frank Schleck of Luxembourg looks at the electronic timing as he crosses the finish line of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 211 kilometers (131.1 miles) starting in Cugnaux and finishing in Luz Ardiden, Pyrenees region, France, Thursday July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

PAU, France (AP) Tour de France riders have started the second leg in the Pyrenees, heading for the grueling Col d'Aubisque pass and a finish in the Catholic shrine town of Lourdes.

A day after his main rivals gained seconds on him, defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain hopes for stronger legs Friday in Stage 13 - a 95-mile jaunt from Pau to Lourdes.

Contador faced pressure Thursday in the Pyrenean entree from attacks by bold brothers Andy and Frank Schleck. Thomas Voeckler of France has the yellow jersey; he leads second-place Frank Schleck of Luxembourg by 1 minute, 49 seconds. Australia's Cadel Evans is third, 2:06 back.

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