Stage: Tuesday’s first Alpine stage started just outside Grenoble and took riders on a 110.9-mile trek up to the ski station of Courchevel.

Winner: Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Illes Balears, in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 35 seconds.

How Others Fared: Lance Armstrong, United States, Discovery Channel, was second in the same time; Mickael Rasmussen, Denmark, Rabobank, was third, nine seconds back; Jan Ullrich, Germany, T-Mobile, was 13th, 2:14 back; Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, T-Mobile, was 24th, 5:18 back.

Yellow Jersey: Armstrong reclaimed the yellow jersey from Team CSC rider Jens Voigt – and established major time gaps on his main rivals.

Quote of the Day: “I gave everything I had. I attacked and couldn’t go any harder. I wanted the stage win because I haven’t won a race yet this year. I’m trying.” – Armstrong on finishing second to Valverde.

Next Stage: Today’s 11th stage is another Alpine trek from Courchevel to Briancon, and stretches out for 107.5 miles.


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