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(Reuters) - While an ageing Lance Armstrong was losing ground in the Tour de France on Sunday, Andy Schleck was coming of age with his first stage win.

The 25-year-old climber from Luxembourg, runner-up to Alberto Contador last year, won the 189-km eighth stage in the ski resort of Avoriaz, his first win in the world's greatest cycling race.


Stage 8 Results
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 4:54:11
2 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank - 0:00:10
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo
5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack
9 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
10 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank


General classification after Stage 8
1. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team - 37:57:09
2. Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:00:20
3. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:01:01
4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:01:03
5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 0:01:10
6. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions - 0:01:11
7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:01:45
8. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack - 0:02:14
9. Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:02:15
10. Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia - 0:02:31

Full results here..


Jersey Standings:
Cadel Evans
Thor Hushovd
Jerome Pineau
Andy Schleck


Links to news sites...

"Armstrong's Tour hopes 'finished' after 8th stage

MORZINE, France - Close the book on the Lance Armstrong era at the Tour de France. He has.
The record seven-time champion wrote off his chances of victory in his 13th and last Tour, signaling the beginning of the end of one of the most celebrated and controversial careers in cycling history.

The 38-year-old Texan's hopes for yet another title were dashed Sunday after he got caught in three crashes - one of which brought him down - and struggled to keep up during two tough climbs in Stage 8, the race's first foray into the Alps. He and his team said his hip got banged up, keeping him from pedaling hard.

The stage was won by 25-year-old Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, and Armstrong finished nearly 12 minutes back, in 61st place.

World champion Cadel Evans of Australia took the yellow jersey by finishing 10 seconds behind Schleck, but well ahead of overnight leader Sylvain Chavanel of France.

"My Tour is finished," said Armstrong, who fell to 39th overall." Read more from the AP...

"Armstrong manager laments crash, not allegations
By Justin Davis (AFP)

MORZINE-AVORIAZ, France - Lance Armstrong lost all chance of winning this year's Tour de France because of injuries suffered in a crash and not because of pressure caused by more damning doping allegations, his team said Sunday.

Armstrong endured arguably his worst day of his career on the world's biggest bike race after he crashed several times on the eighth stage to finish over almost 12 minutes adrift at the summit of Avoriaz in the French Alps.

Ahead of the race's first rest day, when his RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel is likely to hand the leader's torch to Levi Leipheimer, the seven-time champion is now in 39th place overall at 13:26 behind new race leader Cadel Evans of Australia.

Cancer survivor Armstrong came into his final Tour campaign hoping to challenge reigning champion Alberto Contador for the race's coveted yellow jersey, albeit under a cloud of suspicion following the publication of allegations by former teammate Floyd Landis that Armstrong was involved in systematic doing while at their old team, US Postal.

Instead, the American was left with the also-rans for the final two climbs of the race -- and is now uncertain to continue.

"It's sad to see, but that's sport," said Bruyneel, the Belgian who helped spearhead Armstrong's competitive return to the sport after he successfully battled testicular cancer in 1998." Read more from AFP...

"Tour de France - Schleck wins, Evans in yellow

Andy Schleck took the spoils in Avoriaz and Cadel Evans moved into the leader's yellow jersey on a day Lance Armstrong cracked in the Alps on the Tour de France

Saxo Bank's Schleck pipped Euskaltel's Samuel Sanchez to win the 189-kilometre stage eight after an action-packed first day in the high mountains.

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) and reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Astana) finished 10 seconds back with the Australian moving into the maillot jaune ahead of the race's first rest day.

But the surprise of the day came with the total collapse of seven-time Tour winner Armstrong, who crashed twice before losing 11 minutes 45 seconds over the final three climbs of the day.

The 38-year-old RadioShack leader hit the deck just 10km into the stage after an early incident in the peloton. Then just moments before the key first category climb of Col de la Ramaz, Armstrong clipped the curb on a roundabout and crashed for a second time." Read more from Yahoo Sports/Eurosport...