Armstrong keeps lead as former teammate shines

Associated Press

BAYONNE, France -- For once, Lance Armstrong was happy to concede the spotlight.

Armstrong preserved his overall lead in the Tour de France while his former teammate Tyler Hamilton, riding with a double-fractured collarbone, won his first ever stage in cycling's premier race Wednesday.

"I think this is the biggest day of the Tour," Armstrong said after the 16th stage. "Incredible."

Armstrong is seeking a record-tying fifth straight title.

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