MORZINE, France - On this first 2010 Tour de France rest day, Lance Armstrong rode a historic Alps climb as a training trip.
Armstrong, 38, was working out his kinks, bumps and bruises - and maybe his wounded pride.
His job for the next two weeks in his final Tour de France is an unexpected one: He will be a helper for RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer.
"Lance will always be the leader of the team," Leipheimer said. "He won this race seven times; he's brought so much to cycling."
But Leipheimer, 37, is the one with reasonable hopes at the podium; he's 2 minutes, 14 seconds behind leader Cadel Evans of Australia going into today's 127-mile ninth stage and is eighth overall.
Armstrong's overall chances disappeared for good Sunday in a crash in a roundabout just as the peloton was increasing speed up the second-to-last climb of Stage 8.
"Obviously the Tour's finished for me," Armstrong said after Sunday's stage.
Tour de France
Monday: Rest day
Overall leader: Cadel Evans, Australia
Today: Ninth stage, 127.1 miles, Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
TV: 7 a.m., Versus
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