Tour de France: Andy Schleck Takes Yellow Jersey

Andy Schleck grabbed the Tour de France yellow jersey on Friday after he finished way ahead of erstwhile leader Thomas Voeckler in the 19th stage from Modane Valfrejus to the famous Alpe d’Huez—the final climb of this year’s edition of the premier cycling event.

Frenchman Pierre Rolland won the 109.5-kilometer trek, denying two-time defending champion Alberto Contador a stage win. Contador, who after a dismal performance in Stage 18 conceded defeat, attacked from the outset and was alone in the lead with a little over two kilometers left before Rolland and Samuel Sanchez caught up with him. Contador eventually finished third, 23 seconds behind Rolland.

Schleck, who finished runner up to Contador the last two years, crossed the finish line 57 seconds after the stage winner to grab the yellow jersey from Voeckler, who led by 15 seconds going into Friday’s stage.

Schleck now leads by 53 seconds brother Frank in the overall race, with Australian Cadel Evans four seconds further. Voeckler dropped to fourth followed by Damiano Cunego. Contador is in sixth place, 3:55 behind Andy Schleck.