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Contador cautious ahead of second Alpine stage

ALBERTO Contador will be on his guard when the Tour de France resumes following a rest day with today's 16th stage taking riders on a 159-km trek in the Alps from Martigny to Bourg St Maurice.

The Spaniard, in a league of his own in Sunday's first Alpine stage when he took the overall leader's yellow jersey, leads Astana team mate Lance Armstrong by one minute 37 seconds and Briton Bradley Wiggins by 1:46.

Andy Schleck, Carlos Sastre and Cadel Evans are among those also hot on his heels and will be ready to jump on the opportunity should Contador have a bad day.

"I must make sure that I do everything correctly so that my rivals cannot have a chance," said Contador, who lost his Paris-Nice lead earlier this year when he cracked in the penultimate stage.

Tuesday's stage will take the bunch to the summit of this year's Tour with the long ascent to the Col du Grand St Bernard, culminating at 2,473 metres.

Attacks could come in the climb to the Col du Petit St Bernard, after which there is a 30-km descent to Bourg St Maurice.


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