Haussler wins stage; Armstrong likely stays 3rd
COLMAR, France and#8212; Heinrich Haussler of Germany has won the rainy 13th stage of the Tour de France in a solo breakaway, with Lance Armstrong appearing set to remain third overall.
Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy seemed likely to retain the yellow jersey following the chilly, wet ride from Vittel to Colmar. Nocentini, Armstrong and the main pack were more than seven minutes behind Haussler.
Friday’s 124-mile ride through rolling hills in northeast France featured three big climbs.
Armstrong, the seven-time champion, began the stage eight seconds behind Nocentini. Astana teammate Alberto Contador, the 2007 champion, was second, six seconds back.
Astana’s Levi Leipheimer withdrew after breaking his wrist in a crash Thursday.
July 4 and#8212; First Stage, Monaco_Monaco, individual time trial, 15.5 kilometers (9.6 miles) (stage: Fabian Cancellara, Switzerland; yellow jersey: Cancellara)
July 5 and#8212; Second Stage, Monaco_Brignoles, plain, 187 km (116.2) (Mark Cavendish, Britain; Cancellara)
July 6 and#8212; Third Stage, Marseille_La Grande-Motte, plain, 196.5 km (122.1) (Cavendish; Cancellara)
July 7 and#8212; Fourth Stage, Montpellier_Montpellier, team time trial, 39 km (24.2) (Astana; Cancellara)
July 8 and#8212; Fifth Stage, Le Cap d’Agde_Perpignan, plain, 196.5 km (122.1) (Thomas Voeckler, France; Cancellara)
July 9 and#8212; Sixth Stage, Gerona, Spain_Barcelona, plain, 181.5 km (112.8) (Thor Hushovd, Norway; Cancellara)
July 10 and#8212; Seventh Stage, Barcelona_Arcalis, Andorra, high mountain, 224 km (139.2) (Brice Feillu, France; Rinaldo Nocentini, Italy)
July 11 and#8212; Eighth Stage, La Vella, Andorra_Saint-Girons, France, high mountain, 176.5 km (109.7) (Luis Leon Sanchez, Spain; Nocentini)
July 12 and#8212; Ninth Stage, Saint-Gaudens_Tarbes, high mountain, 160.5 km (99.7) (Pierrick Fedrigo, France; Nocentini)
July 13 and#8212; Rest Day, Limoges
July 14 and#8212; 10th Stage, Limoges_Issoudun, plain, 194.5 km (120.9) (Cavendish; Nocentini)
July 15 and#8212; 11th Stage, Vatan_Saint-Fargeau, plain, 192 km (119.3) (Cavendish; Nocentini)
July 16 and#8212; 12th Stage, Tonnerre_Vittel, plain, 211.5 km (131.4) (Nicki Sorensen, Denmark; Nocentini)
July 17 and#8212; 13th Stage, Vittel_Colmar, medium mountain, 200 km (124.3) (Heinrich Haussler, Germany; Nocentini)
July 18 and#8212; 14th Stage, Colmar_Besancon, plain, 199 km (123.7)
July 19 and#8212; 15th Stage, Pontarlier_Verbier, Switzerland, high mountain, 207.5 km (128.9)
July 20 and#8212; Rest Day, Verbier
July 21 and#8212; 16th Stage, Martigny, Switzerland_Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France, high mountain, 159 km (98.8)
July 22 and#8212; 17th Stage, Bourg-Saint-Maurice_Le Grand-Bornand, high mountain, 169.5 km (105.3)
July 23 and#8212; 18th Stage, Annecy_Annecy, individual time trial, 40.5 km (25.2)
July 24 and#8212; 19th Stage, Bourgoin-Jallieu_Aubenas, plain, 178 km (110.6)
July 25 and#8212; 20th Stage, Montelimar_Mont Ventoux, high mountain, 167 km (103.8)
July 26 and#8212; 21st Stage, Montereau-Fault-Yonne_Paris-Champs-Elysees, plain, 164 km (101.9)
Total: 3,459 kms (2,149.5 miles)
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