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Lance Armstrong second: just 12 seconds behind Tour of Switzerland winner Frank Schleck

Posted Jun 21 2010 7:19am

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Twelve seconds was all the separated Lance Armstrong and Frank Schleck of Luxembourg...the winner of the 2010 Tour de Suisse (Tour of Switzerland).

In the final 16.6-mile time trial around Liestal, Armstrong surged into contention by finishing 11th overall and thus moving up from seventh place to second at the end of the day and at the end of the Tour de Suisse.

After the race Armstrong tweeted, "Just finished Tour de Suisse. Moved up to 2nd on the GC which I'm pleased with. Form is progressing, will be ready for the TdF."

"I surprised myself because I'm not a time trial specialist," a happy and tired Frank Schleck said.  Schleck finished 13th in the final stage.

Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara finished second in the time trial while Utah based U.S. rider David Zabriskie finished  third on the stage.

"It was a really hard time trial, with nowhere to really rest," said the Armstrong the seven time TdF winner. "You just had to keep pedalling constantly. I felt good. I had good legs today."

The Tour de Suisse is the last big race before the Tour de France which begins in Rotterdam on  July 3rd and finishes in Paris on on July 25th.

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