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PARIS (AP) _ Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong maintained the overall lead Thursday in the Dauphine Libere cycling race as Patrice Halgand of France won the fourth stage of the competition.

Armstrong is using the competition to train for the Tour de France, which starts July 6. He will be going for his fourth consecutive win in the world's premier cycling race.

Halgand won the 129.6-mile stage from L'Ile-Sur-La-Sorgue to Digne-Les-Bains, timed in 5 hours, 9 minutes, 36 seconds.

Frenchman Stephane Heulot was second in the stage, 19 seconds behind Halgand. Frederic Bessy was next.

American Floyd Landis was fourth, and moved into second place in the standings. Armstrong, not among the leaders in the stage, has a total time of 15 hours, 11 minutes, and leads Landis by 16 seconds.

The weeklong 683.5-mile race ends Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland. Friday's fifth stage is a 126.5-mile run from Digne-Les-Bains to Grenoble.