LeMond falls from Tour de France lead

Sports briefly

July 19, 1991

American Greg LeMond lost his lead in the Tour de France and French riders celebrated a fiesta in Spain when Luc Leblanc took the overall lead and Charly Mottet won his second straight stage in a surprise breakaway in the Pyrenees yesterday.

Leblanc, Mottet and Swiss rider Pascal Richard gained almost seven minutes on the main peloton, which included LeMond, the defending champion, in the 119-mile stage from Pau, France, to Jaca, Spain. Leblanc, who started the day in sixth place, 4 minutes, 20 seconds behind LeMond, now leads him by 2:35.

Mottet, winner of the 11th stage in St. Herblain on Tuesday, jumped from 33rd place to third, a further 1:17 behind.


Second-seeded Pam Shriver of Lutherville beat Luanne Spadea of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims Hall of Fame Invitational at the Newport (R.I.) Casino. Shriver, ranked 35th, won the Virginia Slims of Newport on the regular tour in 1986 and 1987. She received a bye in the first round to gain a berth in the quarterfinals.

* Wimbledon champion Michael Stich of Germany beat Javier Sanchez of Spain, 6-3, 6-3, in the $1 million Mercedes Cup tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.

* Reed Cordish (Gilman) advanced in the back draw of the USTA Clay Courts boys 18 championship singles in Louisville, Ky., by defeating 14th seed David Roditi of San Clemente, Calif., 6-2, 6-0, in the round of 32 and Chris Groer of Knoxville, Tenn., 7-5, 6-0, in the round of 16.


The Baltimore 13-and-under AAU team won two more games in the national AAU tournament in Roanoke, Va., to run its record in the competition to 5-0. Baltimore defeated Southeastern Memphis, 65-55, and Akron, 58-45. Daniel Schick scored 17 in the first game, Tommy Polley 18 in the latter.

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