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Contador set to win Tour

other Updated: Jul 24, 2010 23:11 IST

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Spain's Alberto Contador virtually secured his third yellow jersey victory in the Tour de France on Saturday following the penultimate stage time trial won by Swiss Fabian Cancellara. Astana leader Contador went into the 52km race against the clock with only an eight-second lead on Andy Schleck and the Luxemburger pushed him all the way before having to settle for second place overall.

Despite the threat of Schleck in the early stages, when he took his deficit down to almost two seconds, the Spaniard kept his composure to finish 31sec ahead of the Luxemburger.

Contador will now go into Sunday's 20th and final stage, which is not usually contended by the yellow jersey rivals, with a 39sec lead on Schleck.

It means Schleck is set to finish runner-up for the second consecutive year, although after finishing 4min 11sec behind Contador in 2009 the Saxo Bank climbing specialist has set out his stall for the challenge next year.

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