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By Andrew Hood
Stage 10, Pau to Hautacam, 156km
Partly cloudy, moderate northerly winds, highs in 60s
Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Scott) surged away with 7km to go up the Hautacam along with teammate Juan Cobo and Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo Bank). Schleck faded with about 2km to go and Piepoli slipped in ahead of Cobo to win his first career Tour stage to complete his grand tour sweep to go along with Vuelta and Giro stages. It’s the third stage win for Saunier Duval in a week.
Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) became the fifth Australian to wear the maillot jaune after finishing eighth at 2:17 back. He takes a one-second lead to Schleck, with Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) slipping into third at 38 seconds back. Overnight leader Kim Kirchen (Columbia) saw his five-day run in yellow end up the Hautacam. He rode within himself and slipped to seventh at 1:56 back, keeping his podium hopes alive.
Oscar Freire (Rabobank) snuck into the day’s main breakaway to snag first-place points at two intermediate sprints to reclaim the points jersey. He leads Kirchen, 131-124, with Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) in third with 105 points.
King of the Mountains
David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval-Scott) passed the polka-dot jersey to teammate Riccardo Riccò, who took points up the Tourmalet and Hautacam. Riccò now leads De la Fuente, 77-65, with Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) in third with 57 points.
Most aggressive rider
Rémy Di Gregorio (FDJeux) won the day’s prize.
Best Young Rider
Riccò finished sixth in the stage and moved into the white jersey after overnight leader Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo Bank) struggled on the lower flanks of the Hautacam. Riccò now leads Vicenzo Nibali (Liquigas) by 1:49 with Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) third at 4:18.
Saunier Duval-Scott won the stage and slotted into the overall lead. Team CSC-Saxo Bank slipped to second at 4:40 back with Ag2r-La Mondiale climbed to third at 9:29.
Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) rode with the main GC riders to cross the line 10th and retained third overall, now 38 seconds back.
Mark Cavendish (Columbia) was last at 34:35 back. Wim Vansevenant (Silence-Lotto) remains last at 1h56:39 back.
Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom) DNF, 169 riders remain
? Crash at 16km – Cavendish (Columbia), cuts to right elbow
? Pate (Garmin-Chipotle), without serious consequence
? Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto), insect bite
? Eisel (Columbia), back pain
? Verdugo (Euskaltel), stomach pain as consequence of recent crash
? Chicchi (Liquigas), digestive troubles
? Pate (Garmin-Chipotle), Martinez (Euskaltel), both fined 30 euros, 5 point and 10-second penalty for illegal tow from team car
? LL Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne), fined 30 euros, 5 point and 10-second penalty for illegal tow from team car
? Burghart (Columbia), Rosseler (Quick Step), both fined 30 euros for irregular feed
Rest day forecast
Warming trend, chance of afternoon showers
Compiled by Andrew Hood