Astana on top but Armstrong misses yellow by hundredths of a second

Astana, Tour de France 2009, stage 4 TTT

Astana won the fourth stage of the Tour de France today, a 39km team time trial around Montpellier with an imperious display of strength that moved Lance Armstrong within inches of the yellow jersey.

Questions were raised yesterday about the dubious unity within the Astana team, but today they united with the common goal of protecting Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador’s positions on general classification.

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