Pierre Rolland wins 19th stage of Tour de France

Associated Press

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — Frenchman Pierre Rolland won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, crossing the line at the top of the brutally steep Alpe d'Huez before thousands of wildly cheering fans.

Rolland attacked near the end of the 68-mile leg, the last of three days in the Alps.

After three difficult climbs, Roland finally drew away from three-time Tour champion Alberto Contador and Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez toward the top of the 6,100-foot Alpe d'Huez.

The three-week race that ends Sunday in Paris.

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MODANE, France (AP) — Andy Schleck vows to make up his 15-second deficit on yellow jersey holder Thomas Voeckler atop the famed Alpe d'Huez as riders set off on the Tour de France's 19th stage.

The tour's final mountain stage is a short yet demanding 68-mile race that takes the 168 remaining riders over three difficult climbs, including the Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier. That's where Schleck launched a daring attack Thursday that none of the other riders could follow.

France's Voeckler is defending his leader's yellow jersey for a 10th day needing to at least keep pace with Schleck up the 21 brutally steep switchbacks through the top of the 6,069 foot Alpe d'Huez.

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