Rui Costa notches up another stage win

Portugal's Rui Costa took his second win of this year's Tour de France with a solo victory here on Friday.

Costa attacked on the final climb of the 204-km 19th stage from Bourg d'Oisans and the Movistar rider, who also won on Tuesday, pulled far enough clear of his rivals to start celebrating with a kilometre to go.

Germany's Andreas Kloeden was next over the line, 48 seconds behind Costa and Jan Bakelants of Belgium was third. Overall leader Chris Froome, who struggled during Thursday's stage, finished safely in the same group as his main challenger Alberto Contador over eight minutes behind the winner, to retain the yellow jersey.

With two stages left, Froome's lead is still 5:11 over Spaniard Contador.

Cunego indicted

An Italian court has indicted former Giro d'Italia winner Damiano Cunego and 26 others on doping charges involving his Lampre-Merida team on Friday, in a new blow for a sport dogged by drug scandals.

In a statement, Lampre said it had "full confidence in the team members involved in the case" and that the trial would prove the doping charges to be baseless.

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