Hushovd Of Norway Wins 13th Stage Of Tour

Norway’s Thor Hushovd has won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, overtaking Frenchman Jeremy Roy near the end after making up time on the downhill finish.

Roy thought he had clinched the first Tour stage win of his career by attacking at the foot of the huge climb to Col d’Aubisque. But he couldn’t hold off Hushovd and David Moncoutie, who finished second.

The peloton, including overall leader Thomas Voeckler, was lagging nearly nine minutes behind Hushovd when he completed 95-mile route from Pau to the Catholic shrine town of Lourdes.

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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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