Armstrong fighting hard for Tour podium place

Armstrong, Tour de France 2009, stage 16

Lance Armstrong was dropped when Andy Schleck attacked on the Col du Petit Saint Bernard on Tuesday's Tour de France stage but then surged across the gap before the summit and finished in the same time as Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins and all the other favourites.

"I was left out the acceleration and I was caught by surprise but Alberto and Andreas were there, so there wasn't much I could do," Armstrong admitted after stage 16.

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