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Alberto Contador of Spain, center left, and stage winner Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, center right, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, climb toward Morzine-Avoriaz during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 117.4 miles with start in Station des Rousses, and finish in Morzine-Avoriaz, France, Sunday, July 11, 2010.

  Andy Schleck of Luxembourg is leading defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain by 41 seconds as riders set out on the 10th stage of the Tour de France.

Wednesday's route is a 111-mile trek from Chambery to Gap, featuring one difficult climb up the Laffrey pass, and is not nearly as hard as the previous day's punishing ninth stage in the Alps.

Contador has won the Tour twice, while Schleck is looking for his first triumph after finishing second last year ahead of seven-time champion Lance Armstrong. The Texan was 31st starting the stage, nearly 16 minutes behind Schleck.

Two-time runner-up Cadel Evans of Australia rode with a fractured left elbow on Tuesday and slipped to 18th overall.

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