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Lance Armstrong has failed by under a second to take the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, after the American's Astana team powered to victory in the 39km fourth stage team time-trial around Montpellier.

Seven-times winner Armstrong began the day 40 seconds behind race leader Fabian Cancellara in third position on general classification -- and his Astana team duly beat Cancellara's Saxo Bank team by that very margin.

The Garmin team split that pair by taking second place, despite only finishing with five riders together -- the minimum needed to clock a finish. Read full article »

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