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Tour de France 2012: Garmin-Sharp Slumping In Second-To-Last Place

The 2012 Tour deFrance continues as the riders have now completed Stage 9 of 20. And through the first nine stages, the US teams are looking for a break to get back into the competition. The American group BMC Racing Team sits at sixth place currently, 17 and half minutes behind the leading Radioshak-Nissan team, but Colorado-based team Garmin-Sharp has fallen almost an hour and a half behind the leader.

After a major crash in Stage 6, Garmin-Sharp CEO Jonathan Vaughters admitted the team no longer competed for the General Classification championship, but was instead focusing on stage wins and smaller achievements.

Here is a look at the full standings, courtesy of LeTour.com:

RANK NAT TEAM TIMES GAP
1. LUX RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 117h 36' 25''
2. GBR SKY PROCYCLING 117h 37' 50'' + 01' 25''
3. BEL OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 117h 49' 50'' + 13' 25''
4. ITA LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 117h 52' 31'' + 16' 06''
5. RUS KATUSHA TEAM 117h 52' 48'' + 16' 23''
6. USA BMC RACING TEAM 117h 53' 57'' + 17' 32''
7. ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 117h 59' 04'' + 22' 39''
8. KAZ ASTANA PRO TEAM 117h 59' 12'' + 22' 47''
9. FRA AG2R LA MONDIALE 118h 00' 53'' + 24' 28''
10. FRA FDJ-BIGMAT 118h 03' 17'' + 26' 52''
11. FRA COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 118h 03' 50'' + 27' 25''
12. FRA TEAM EUROPCAR 118h 09' 29'' + 33' 04''
13. BEL LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 118h 13' 05'' + 36' 40''
14. NED VACANSOLEIL-DCM 118h 14' 27'' + 38' 02''
15. ESP EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 118h 15' 23'' + 38' 58''
16. FRA SAUR-SOJASUN 118h 20' 40'' + 44' 15''
17. DEN TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 118h 21' 50'' + 45' 25''
18. NED RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 118h 22' 33'' + 46' 08''
19. ITA LAMPRE - ISD 118h 26' 57'' + 50' 32''
20. AUS ORICA GREENEDGE 118h 27' 08'' + 50' 43''
21. USA GARMIN-SHARP 119h 02' 07'' + 01h 25' 42''
22. NED TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 119h 22' 45'' + 01h 46' 20''

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