Contador consolidates lead

CYCLING: Spain&rsquo;s Alberto Contador edged closer to victory in the Tour de France after finishing second in a gruelling 17th stage, from Bourg St Maurice to Le Grand Bornand.<br /><br />The Astana rider, 26, finished second, in between the Schleck brothers, Frank and Andy, who now lie third and second respectively in the overall standings.<br /><br />Lance Armstrong drops to fourth, while Britain&rsquo;s Bradley Wiggins is now sixth after a seventh-place finish.