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Vinokourov Wins 11th Stage, But Armstrong Leads Tour de France

Alexandre Vinokourov has captured the 173-kilometer 11th stage of the Tour de France, but American Lance Armstrong continues to hold the overall leader's yellow jersey.

The Kazakh rider won Wednesday's second stage over the Alps in a sprint finish against Santiago Botero of Colombia, who was one second back.

The winning time for this year's highest climb (of 2,645 meters) was four hours, 47 minutes and 38 seconds. Vinokourov had surged into the lead on the famed Col du Galibier, the last of three ascents on the route (from Courchevel to Briancon).

Frenchman Christophe Moreau was third, outsprinting a group of 26 riders, including Armstrong, who all finished 1:15 behind. Armstrong crossed the line sixth.

The American's overall lead over Mickael Rasmussen of Denmark remains at 38 seconds. Moreau is now third overall, 2:34 behind the six-time champion. Thursday's 12th stage covers 187-km from Briançon to Digne-les-Bains. The race ends July 24 in Paris.

Some information for this report provided by AP.