Casar claims stage win for France

This year's Tour de France has been a good vintage for French riders; two stage wins and the maillot jaune for Sylvain Chavanel have made it memorable for the local fans, who were treated to more home grown success with a stage win for Française des Jeux's Sandy Casar in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne after another interesting day in the Alps.

The day belonged to the 31-year-old from Mantes-la-Jolie, whose home region is not far from where this race will finish in 12 days' time, and this afternoon in the Savoie department of the Rhône-Alpes region he took a win that will remain with him long after the conclusion of the 97th Tour de France in Paris on July 25.

Having spent much of the day in a high-powered break, Casar climbed the Col de la Colombière, Col de Aravis, Col des Saisies and the Col de la Madeleine ahead of the peloton - by day's end he had outsprinted fellow escapees Luis León Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) to add another victory to the one he earned on stage 18 of the 2007 Tour de France in Angoulême.

And in a sign of what to expect over the course of the next 12 days, Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) earned himself the overall race lead following his mano-a-mano exploits with Alberto Contador (Astana) that began on the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine. There's no doubt that the touch paper which was ignited today will result in an explosion for the maillot jaune once the race hits the Pyrenees.

One fact became glaringly obvious, however: this year's Tour de France has become a battle between Schleck, winner of Sunday's stage to Morzine-Avoriaz, and reigning champion Alberto Contador. There's already two minutes between second-placed Contador and third-placed Samuel Sanchez, and each has the team to help them remain at the head of proceedings, as evidenced by Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis's post-stage comments.

"The plan was to put on huge pressure if Andy [Schleck] was feeling alright and thankfully, he was flying," said Riis. "Jens [Voigt], Chris [Anker Sørensen] and Jakob [Fuglsang] put in a world class effort and they actually started the massacre on our opponents.

"Jens was ready to work for Andy on the final part of the mountain and when he wasn't able to drop Contador today, he did the right thing and worked together with him. Mission accomplished today, but the Tour de France is far from being over," he said.

While the focus was undoubtedly on the plucky pair making all the big moves, other riders reaping the fruits of their labours were a determined Samuel Sanchez, the Euskaltel-Euskadi leader battling bravely to move into third overall behind the Saxo Bank and Astana captains, plus Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack), Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), who all finished 2:06 behind the stage winner and now fill most of the top 10 spots on general classification.

Cadel Evans was one man just happy to make it to the finish, the erstwhile race leader's BMC Racing Team revealing he'd been riding with a fractured elbow. He lost the maillot jaune and suffered immensely on the Col de la Madeleine, eventually finishing more than eight minutes in arrears of the stage winner.

"I wasn't at the same level as I was on stage eight," said Evans, who will continue in the Tour despite the injury. "I had a big crash at the start of that day and I'm really paying for the consequences from that. I suffer on my bike every day but I do it with pleasure. The guys and the team have supported me and believed in me in this whole project. I'm so sorry to have let them all down."

Mega day in the mountains

After 24 hours of requisite respite, today's mountainous menu saw the Tour's peloton tackle the Col de la Colombière, Col de Aravis, the Col des Saisies and the Col de la Madeleine, a veritable feast for fans and 204.5km of torture for riders possibly looking ahead to the Pyrenees in dread.

Almost seven kilometres into the stage the green and polka dot jerseys respectively, Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) and Jerôme Pineau (Quick Step), were already trying their luck off the front of the peloton, the Norwegian keen to go on a points spree like he did during stage 19 of last year's Tour.

Eventually 10 riders got clear, with Pineau and Hushovd joined by Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank), Cyril Gautier (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), José Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne), Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne), Sandy Casar (Francaise des Jeux), Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Anthony Charteau (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Johannes Frohlinger (Milram).

With about 30km on the clock and the Col de la Colombière looming, the break had established a gap of 2:50, as Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) moved away from the peloton on their own after the main escape had flown the coop. With about 163km remaining, Hushovd was dropped as Cunego and Taaramae continued to make their way up to the break.

As the Italo-Estonian alliance crested the Col de la Colombière the united nations up front remained 40 seconds ahead. With 147km to go the mission was complete and both riders had made it to the break.

Consolidation was the name of the game for the escape group; as the peloton hit the Col de Aravis the advantage was just over four minutes and with 77.5km to go, the gap was 5:56, which meant Sanchez was the maillot jaune virtuel. Five kilometres later and the advantage had stretched to 6:19, with BMC Racing controlling the peloton as it went through the sprint in La Bathie.

Madeleine: A monstrous task

With the break hitting the slopes of the hors catégorie monster that is the Col de la Madeleine, it held an advantage of 6:30, although with 55km remaining that had decreased to 6:15 as Pineau was dropped, a situation seemingly ripe for Sanchez's picking.

Meanwhile, behind the leading group, BMC continued to dictate the pace in pursuit of Sanchez and co; with race leader Evans tucked in safely behind George Hincapie and followed by the Australian's former teammate Jurgen Van Den Broeck, who was flying the general classification flag for Omega Pharma-Lotto and supported by another Australian, Matthew Lloyd.

Another five clicks up the road and a full minute had been wiped off the gap, with just over five minutes separating the leaders and the BMC-led peloton, from which Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) had emerged in pursuit of the front group.

Vinokourov quickly established a lead nearing a minute, although with 46km left in the stage he trailed the leaders by 4:39 as he caught and quickly left Cofidis' Rein Taaramae behind. Five kilometres later the gap between the peloton and the remnants of the break - which was quickly tearing apart to just five riders - hovered just over five minutes.

And as the break was down to a quintet, the group containing the overall contenders was also shedding members, with the likes of Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) dropping their speed to survive the climb while Astana again set a spectacular tempo from the likes of Paolo Tiralongo and Daniel Navarro, which had coincidentally brought back Vinokourov.

The 'Andy and Alberto' Show

Shortly after the catch of Vinokourov, the inevitable happened and Andy Schleck hit out with about 40km to go, the attack followed only by Contador although soon the two were joined by Samuel Sanchez, who impressively rode past the pair and with a constant grimace continued on in an attempt to put time into the group behind.

But no sooner had Sanchez rode past and BOOM, it was time for Schleck to go again and again in an attempt to break the elastic between himself and his closest rival, who was content to follow the Luxembourger's wheel as Sanchez was quickly relegated. Ahead of them the leading quartet had opened the gap to 6:20 over the maillot jaune of Evans and 3:37 over the battling duo of Contador and Schleck.

The young pair, which is expected to fill the top places on the general classification, carried on its merry way as those behind, the other overall contenders such as Van Den Broeck, Menchov, Ivan Basso and Leipheimer - assisted ably by Lance Armstrong - maintained a steady rhythm and held the gap between themselves and the Saxo Bank-Astana alliance to 1:30 with about 35km to go.

Ahead of them Cunego, Casar, Sanchez and Charteau maintained their 2:11 advantage over Schleck and Contador as the summit of the Madeleine beckoned; the descent offering respite from the brutal slopes of the previous 25km and the key to a seemingly imminent stage victory for one of them.

Further down the Madeleine's slopes several tales were being played out, one of them featuring Evans, who just 48 hours earlier had been enjoying one of his best days on the bike when he rode to the maillot jaune but was now seeing his Tour unravel with a display of suffering that dashed the hopes of many an Australian cycling fan thanks to the aforementioned broken elbow. The grit he displayed in getting through the day's parcours would make those same fans proud, however.

Ahead of the Australian, the men hitherto below him on general classification - Menchov, Gesink, Leipheimer and Rodriguez - had formed their own group and had left Armstrong and Basso behind in an attempt to limit their losses to the young charges at the head of proceedings.

Holding on to the end

With a fast-charging Schleck and Contador behind them, the four men up front did their best to maintain the crucial two minutes' advantage, which had decreased to 1:56 with about 18km left in the stage. Having battled hard to stay in contact with the pair of GC favourites, Sammy Sanchez held a gap of 30 seconds that was on the decrease as his best efforts on the descent started to pay off.

The battle for the maillot jaune going on behind them, the leading quartet made its way under the 10km-to-go flag and although it was too premature for stage win machinations to begin, the likelihood of Sanchez bursting out of the group in an attempt to secure victory wasn't far from the minds of Casar, Cunego and Charteau, the latter two having never before taken a Tour stage victory, despite the Italian topping the best young rider classification in the 2006 edition of la grande boucle.

And while the gap was down to 36 seconds with three kilometres remaining, the break's advantage seemed purely academic; it was time for the roulette to begin, with each man watching the other inside the final 2,000 metres. As the flamme rouge beckoned it almost cost them dearly however, with Schleck, Contador and the previously dropped Moreau making contact with just a kilometre to race.

To the relief of the break the overall contenders abstained from the sprint, which featured several tricky bends in the final 500 metres, mastered best by Casar, who held on for a win at the end of over 200 brutal kilometres that had a profound effect on the direction of this year's Tour de France.

Sammy Sanchez, who personified purgatory in the final 10km as he struggled to regain time on the men who had dangled the carrot ahead of him for the final 40km, finished over a minute in arrears but earned himself a place in the top three on general classification and undoubtedly a legion of new fans thanks to his determination in the face of an onslaught.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux5:38:10
2Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 1 - Cell 2
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 2 - Cell 2
4Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:02
5Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) AstanaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 6 - Cell 2
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:52
9Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:02:07
10Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioshackRow 9 - Cell 2
11Robert Gesink (Ned) RabobankRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo BankRow 11 - Cell 2
13Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:02:10
14Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:02:50
15Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 16 - Cell 2
18Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioshackRow 17 - Cell 2
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:48
20Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) AstanaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioshackRow 20 - Cell 2
22Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:51
23Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:04:53
24Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:55
25Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 25 - Cell 2
27Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 27 - Cell 2
29Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioshackRow 32 - Cell 2
34Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 34 - Cell 2
36José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:59
37Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:05:07
39Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:41
40Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:07:42
41Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:08:09
42Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) AstanaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - TransitionsRow 43 - Cell 2
45Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioshackRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-DoimoRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 47 - Cell 2
49Bram Tankink (Ned) RabobankRow 48 - Cell 2
50Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:13:21
52Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 51 - Cell 2
53Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:15:17
54Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team RadioshackRow 55 - Cell 2
57Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:15:19
58Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick StepRow 57 - Cell 2
59David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) AstanaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:20:07
62Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:39
63Grischa Niermann (Ger) RabobankRow 62 - Cell 2
64Koos Moerenhout (Ned) RabobankRow 63 - Cell 2
65Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team MilramRow 67 - Cell 2
69Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 69 - Cell 2
71Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) AstanaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) AstanaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lars Boom (Ned) RabobankRow 75 - Cell 2
77Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 78 - Cell 2
80Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:28
81Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:25:56
82Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) RabobankRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick StepRow 82 - Cell 2
84Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 85 - Cell 2
87Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 86 - Cell 2
88Christian Knees (Ger) Team MilramRow 87 - Cell 2
89Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioshackRow 88 - Cell 2
90Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 89 - Cell 2
91Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 90 - Cell 2
92Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick StepRow 91 - Cell 2
93Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-DoimoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 93 - Cell 2
95Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 94 - Cell 2
96Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 95 - Cell 2
97David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - TransitionsRow 96 - Cell 2
98Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 97 - Cell 2
99Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 99 - Cell 2
101Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) AstanaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick StepRow 101 - Cell 2
103Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-ServettoRow 102 - Cell 2
104Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 103 - Cell 2
105Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team MilramRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'EpargneRow 105 - Cell 2
107Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team MilramRow 106 - Cell 2
108Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'EpargneRow 107 - Cell 2
109Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioshackRow 108 - Cell 2
110Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'EpargneRow 109 - Cell 2
111Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 110 - Cell 2
112Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioshackRow 111 - Cell 2
113Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 112 - Cell 2
114Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick StepRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:30:15
117Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 117 - Cell 2
119Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) RabobankRow 119 - Cell 2
121Luke Roberts (Aus) Team MilramRow 120 - Cell 2
122Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-DoimoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 123 - Cell 2
125Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 124 - Cell 2
126Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-DoimoRow 125 - Cell 2
127Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 126 - Cell 2
128Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 127 - Cell 2
129Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - TransitionsRow 130 - Cell 2
132Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 131 - Cell 2
133Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo BankRow 132 - Cell 2
134Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 133 - Cell 2
135Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:34:56
136Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:34:57
137Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team KatushaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 140 - Cell 2
142Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 141 - Cell 2
143Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 142 - Cell 2
144Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Andriy Grivko (Ukr) AstanaRow 144 - Cell 2
146Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 145 - Cell 2
147Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 146 - Cell 2
148Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des JeuxRow 147 - Cell 2
149Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 148 - Cell 2
150Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 149 - Cell 2
151Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 150 - Cell 2
152Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 151 - Cell 2
153Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 152 - Cell 2
154Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - TransitionsRow 153 - Cell 2
155Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 154 - Cell 2
156Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - TransitionsRow 155 - Cell 2
157Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 156 - Cell 2
158Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 157 - Cell 2
159Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 159 - Cell 2
161Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 160 - Cell 2
162Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 161 - Cell 2
163Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 162 - Cell 2
164Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
165Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 164 - Cell 2
166Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 165 - Cell 2
167Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 166 - Cell 2
168Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 167 - Cell 2
169Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - TransitionsRow 168 - Cell 2
170Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick StepRow 169 - Cell 2
171Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) RabobankRow 170 - Cell 2
172Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 171 - Cell 2
173Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 172 - Cell 2
174Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 173 - Cell 2
175Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
176Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 175 - Cell 2
177Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick StepRow 176 - Cell 2
178Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team KatushaRow 177 - Cell 2
179Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:35:09
180Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:35:14
181David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:42:45
DNFMarkus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-ServettoRow 181 - Cell 2
DNSFabio Felline (Ita) Footon-ServettoRow 182 - Cell 2
DNSRoger Kluge (Ger) Team MilramRow 183 - Cell 2
DNSVladimir Karpets (Rus) Team KatushaRow 184 - Cell 2
DNSSimon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 185 - Cell 2
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Points - Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne, km. 204.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux20pts
2Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Cluses, km. 25.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team6pts
2Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - La Bathie, km. 135.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6pts
2Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte de Châtillon (Cat. 4), km. 18.50
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step3pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Col de la Colombière (Cat. 1), km. 46.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne15pts
2Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank6Row 6 - Cell 3
8José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne5Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Col des Aravis (Cat. 2), km. 71.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step10pts
2Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Col des Saisies (Cat. 1), km. 97.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step15pts
2Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 - Col de la Madeleine (HC), km. 172.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom40pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini36Row 1 - Cell 3
3Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne32Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux28Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne24Row 4 - Cell 3
6Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana16Row 6 - Cell 3
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank10Row 9 - Cell 3
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Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank5:38:12
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:02:05
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:46
4Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:53
5Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:13:19
6Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:15:15
7Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:15:17
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:20:05
9Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:37
10Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lars Boom (Ned) RabobankRow 12 - Cell 2
14Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:25:54
17Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-DoimoRow 16 - Cell 2
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 17 - Cell 2
19Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 18 - Cell 2
20Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 19 - Cell 2
21Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-ServettoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'EpargneRow 21 - Cell 2
23Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:30:13
25Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:34:55
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des JeuxRow 26 - Cell 2
28Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 31 - Cell 2
33Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick StepRow 32 - Cell 2
34Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:35:12
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caisse d'Epargne16:57:22
2Team Radioshack0:05:53
5Omega Pharma - Lotto0:09:52
6AG2R La Mondiale0:11:53
8Sky Pro Cycling0:12:39
9Team Saxo Bank0:14:36
10Euskaltel - Euskadi0:21:26
11Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:22:29
12Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:22:44
13Cervelo Test Team0:27:49
14Francaise des Jeux0:27:59
15Quick Step0:28:38
16BMC Racing Team0:28:43
17Team HTC - Columbia0:32:54
18Garmin - Transitions0:36:06
19Lampre - Farnese0:49:00
20Katusha Team0:50:09
21Team Milram0:59:02
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General classification after stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank43:35:41
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:41
3Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:45
4Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:02:58
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:31
6Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:03:59
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:04:22
8Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:41
9Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:08
10Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:09
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:11
12Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:05:42
13Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:06:31
14Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:04
15Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:07:13
16Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:07:18
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:44
18Cadel Evans (Au