GAP, France Something finally went right for Lance Armstrongs squad at the Tour de France.
Team RadioShack got its first taste of success at this years Tour when Sergio Paulinho of Portugal captured the 10th stage Wednesday, narrowly winning a two-man sprint among breakaway riders.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg retained the yellow jersey. He finished in the main pack more than 14 minutes back, alongside his biggest rivals for the title.
Paulinho edged Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus over the sun-baked 111-mile trek from Chambery to Gap that featured one difficult climb the Laffrey pass as the race left the Alps.
Paulinho pointed skyward then sucked his thumb in honor of his 8-month-old daughter after beating Kiryienka by less than half a wheel. They both clocked 5 hours, 10 minutes, 56 seconds. Belgiums Dries Devenyns was third: 1:29 behind.
This is a victory weve been looking for for a while, after all the bad luck we had in the first week, Paulinho said. I hope this victory gives morale back to our team.
It was the Portuguese riders first individual stage win at the Tour, though he was part of the Astana squad including Lance Armstrong and 2010 Tour winner Alberto Contador that won the team time-trial last year.
Armstrong brought Paulinho and several other former Astana teammates to the RadioShack team, which was formed around the seven-time champion last year.
Armstrong fell out of contention in the first Alpine stage Sunday after getting tangled up in three crashes and losing crucial minutes against the top contenders. The team now is banking on the podium hopes of Levi Leipheimer, who is sixth overall.
The 30-year-old Paulinho and Kiryienka, of Caisse dEpargne, were part of a six-man breakaway made up of riders far back in the overall standings. The pack finished 14:19 behind Paulinho.