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Armstrong's RadioShack aiming for top team at Tour

 Lance Armstrong of the US rides back towards Mende after crossing the finish line of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 210.5 kil...
 Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, signs autographs prior to the start of the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling...
 Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, Mark Cavendish of Britain, Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway, Alessandro Petacchi of I...
 Lance Armstrong of the US rides in a group which got distanced by the pack  during the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196 kilomet...

France Cycling Tour De France

Lance Armstrong of the US rides back towards Mende after crossing the finish line of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 210.5 kil...

France Cycling Tour De France

Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, signs autographs prior to the start of the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling...

France Cycling Tour De France

Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, Mark Cavendish of Britain, Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway, Alessandro Petacchi of I...

France Cycling Tour De France

Lance Armstrong of the US rides in a group which got distanced by the pack during the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196 kilomet...

Lance Armstrong is out of the running for the Tour, and Levi Leipheimer needs to pick up four minutes if he's to challenge for the yellow jersey.
But there's one consolation for Team RadioShack.
The outfit is leading the team classification, which is based on the top three riders from each team in each stage.
Four RadioShack riders finished in the main group on Saturday, as did four riders from the second-placed team Caisse d'Epargne, which remains 21 seconds back.
Though the mountain stages will be challenging, the competition appears to be a straight fight between those two teams. The third-placed team, Rabobank, is 16 minutes, 13 seconds behind the leader.
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LOSING THE GREEN: Thor Hushovd finished Saturday's stage into Revel sprinting on his own, watching the Tour de France green jersey slip off his shoulders.
The Norwegian rider for the Cervelo Test Team finished eighth and lost the jersey for best sprinter to Alessandro Petacchi. He won't have a chance to win it back until at least Friday because the race is in the high mountains.
His team manager Jean-Paul van Poppel _ a winner of the green jersey in 1987 _ acknowledged the problems that his team faces. It has not only a top-rate sprinter in Hushovd but also a contender for the overall title, 2008 winner Carlos Sastre. That means that only some of the riders can dedicate themselves to protecting and giving a final boost to their sprint star.
"The team has more goals than the sprint. The green is very important, so we do the best we can for Thor. But of course we have not a whole team, and that makes a difference. We also still have Carlos Sastre and he also needs his support in the next coming days," Van Poppel said.
Van Poppel said he believed Hushovd, Petacchi or British cyclist Mark Cavendish could win the green jersey, and much would depend on how well they survived the four mountain stages.