Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck topped the Tour de France’s Col du Tourmalet for the stage win today, but he still trails in the overall standing to Spain’s Alberto Contador by eight seconds. Only three days and a long time trial remain for Schleck to win the Tour, but he refuses to give in.

“I can see the yellow jersey in front of me,” team Saxo Bank’s Schleck said. “I really want it and I am not going to give up until Paris.”

They covered the last of this year’s mountain stage today, ending with a head-to-head duel on one of the Tour’s legendary climbs. Problem is, though, Schleck did not take the overall lead from Contador today. He said himself yesterday that whoever is in the yellow jersey tonight will win the Tour de France Sunday in Paris.

“I changed my mind when I crossed the line,” Schleck continued, adding a smile to the gathered journalists on the cold climb. “We will see in the time trial on Saturday.”

They say the yellow jersey gives you wings. Contador proved that last year when he not only defended his lead in the final 40.5-kilometre time trial, but also won it by three seconds ahead of Fabian Cancellara and 1’45” ahead of Schleck.

Contador will gain confidence for Saturday’s 52-kilometre ride also from his ride in Rotterdam on the first day, three weeks ago. He finished the 8.9-kilometre ride 27 seconds behind winner Fabian Cancellara and 42 seconds ahead of Schleck.

“It will be a benefit to start last in the time trial,” Contador said. “It gives you the advantage of knowing the time references. The key was to not lose time today.”

If Contador defeats Schleck at the time trial on Saturday, he will have locked in his third Tour de France victory, adding to 2007 and 2009.

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Tour de France 2010: Stage reports



Stage 17: Schleck wins on the Tourmalet but cannot shake off Contador



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Stage 16: Fedrigo takes tough Pyrenean stage



Stage 15: Victorious Voeckler continues fine Franch Tour as Contador takes yellow jersey



Stage 14: Riblon hangs on in Pyrenees to give France fourth stage win



Stage 13: Vino returns to top of Tour after doping ban



Stage 12: Rodriguez wins as Contador attacks



Stage 11: Cavendish bags third stage win but lead out man kicked out of Tour



Stage 10: Cavendish bags third stage win but his lead-out man is kicked out of race



Stage 10: Paulinho claims narrow stage victory on Bastille day



Stage nine: Casar wins stage as Schleck and Contador go head-to-head



Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour’s white



Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up



Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour



Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims



Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC



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Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa



Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters



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Tour de France 2010: Photos



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Brits at the Tour 2010



Tout team guide



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