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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Rui Costa
German veteran Andreas Kloeden was second, 46 seconds behind, and Belgian Jan Bakelants was 1:44 back in third. Leader Chris Froome and his main Tour rival Alberto Contador finished together several minutes behind Costa.
Costa secured the second stage win of his Tour career, crossing the line about 40 seconds ahead of Frenchman Christophe Riblon.
"This win will make us happy," said Costa, whose teammate Alejandro Valverde dropped out of podium contention last week when he lost major time on Friday's 13th stage after stopping for a mechanical failure. "It's my victory, but it's also a victory for the team."
"I knew exactly what I had to do, and every second that I gained going uphill were useful at the end," Costa said through a translator. "I had enough strength to hold on."