Lance Armstrong Crashes In Stage 2 But Survives, Now In 6th Place, 3:19 Back

Lance Armstrong BloodyStill standing

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Lance still in the running for Tour No. 8…

Jamey Keaten, Belgium (AP)—Lance Armstrong and several other Tour de France contenders were caught up in a series of crashes Monday during a rain-splattered second stage won by new race leader Sylvain Chavanel of France.

In one of the spills, Armstrong and defending Tour champion Alberto Contador of Spain tumbled to the asphalt on a slippery descent from the mid-grade Stockeu Pass toward the end of the 201-kilometer run from Brussels to Spa. Both sustained scrapes but finished the stage and were ok, their teams said.

Armstrong returned to the RadioShack team bus with his team outfit torn and a bloody scrape on his thigh.

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