Tour de France Stage 8 Results: Lance Armstrong Crashes in Moutain Stage

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Tour de France Stage 8 Results: Lance Armstrong Crashes in Moutain Stage

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Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador, Cadel Evans, Robert Gesink, and Samuel Sanchez sprinted to a frenetic finish fit for a football stadium.

Those lads from Spain and the Netherlands' championship hopefuls can only hope to recreate a show of similar speed and intrigue this afternoon.

The 186 riders pedaled and grimmaced up the Alps for the first time, with the contenders pacing themselves to conserve energy for a furious finale.

The two-climb endurance test turned into a day of destruction in the overall classification. Sylvain Chavanel sported the yellow jersey after Stage Seven on Saturday. After Sunday's shake up, he wore an unmistakable scowl.

No cyclist, though, encountered more heartbreak during this tough sojourn than seven-time champ Lance Armstrong. He crashed three times and lost contact with his rivals on the col de la Ramaz.

As Phil Liggett said during the broadcast, "Lady Luck left him."

How she dumped him makes LeBron James look like a capable divorce coach.

Armstrong can thank an unruly pedestrian, who seemed to cause one of the crashes, for his devastating, pedestrian performance. He now stares at an insurmountable 11 minute-plus deficit.

As Schleck's bike smoked the concrete en route to a stage victory, the 38-year-old Armstrong's chances for a podium finish went up in smoke.

Will he now concede defeat and ride for stage victories? Can he help Levi Leipheimer stay in the top 10?

The day's less heralded heroes, Alexandre Vinokourov and Daniel Navarro, paced Astana teammate Contador to within reach of the yellow jersey.

Evans, though, claimed it after the stage.

Many questioned before the Tour whether Astana's supporting cast was strong or stable enough to help its leader snag a third title. Navarro and Vinokourov proved up to the challenge when Contador required assistance on Sunday.

With Armstrong out of contention, the story to watch in the coming days becomes this: Are Evans, Ivan Basso, Schleck and others correct in thinking they can take down reigning champ Contador?

Is he as vulnerable to attack as he appears? Or will he save his fiercest, most calculated moves for the Pyrenees?

Will any athlete in the world sleep less tonight than Armstrong? Team Radio Shack must now craft a new game plan, one that centers on Leipheimer.

The American icon's day proved a train wreck. What a sad, sad sight.

To find out who's wearing what and where key riders stand, keep reading.

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