Former French champion Pierrick Fedrigo won the 160.5-km ninth stage of the Tour de France, from St Gaudens to Tarbes on Sunday.

His breakaway companion Franco Pellizotti of Italy was second while Spaniard Oscar Freire outsprinted the main bunch to snatch third place.



Stage 9 Results
1 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom - 4:05:31
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank - 0:00:34
4 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
5 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
8 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
9 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale



General classification after stage 9
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale - 34:24:21
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:06
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:08
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0:00:39
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:46
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:54
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:01:00
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:24
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:49
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:01:54


Full results here..



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"Fedrigo pips Pellizotti to win stage 9; Nocentini holds lead

Pierrik Fedrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) countered a late attack by fellow breakaway Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) to win stage 9 of the 2009 Tour de France on Sunday.

The two were the survivors of a 13-rider break that went clear early on in the 160.5km race from Saint Gaudens to Tarbes, which took in two of the most storied climbs of this part of France, the Category 1 Col d'Aspin and the hors categorie Col du Tourmalet." Read more from VeloNews.com...

"Fedrigo claims another stage for France
Nocentini hangs onto yellow for rest day

Last week Bouygues Telecom celebrated team manager Jean-Rénè Bernaudeau's birthday with a stage win for Thomas Voeckler. Today it was party time again as Pierrick Fedrigo added to his tally of Tour de France stage victories with an emphatic performance that climaxed as he crossed the line in Tarbes ahead of day-long breakaway companion Franco Pellizotti." Read more from the CyclingNews.com...

"Yellow jersey truce as Fedrigo triumphs in Tour
By Justin Davis

TARBES, France (AFP) - Italian Rinaldo Nocentini retained the Tour de France yellow jersey on Sunday as Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo won the race's ninth stage held over 160.5km from Saint Gaudens to Tarbes.

Fedrigo, who rides for the Bbox-Bouygues team, handed the hosts their third stage victory from this year's race after outsprinting breakaway companion Franco Pellizotti at the finish line.

It was Fedrigo's second stage win on the world's biggest bike race having claimed his maiden win in 2006, and he admitted he had been wise enough to study the technical finish to the stage." Read more from the AFP...

"Armstrong stays in 3rd as Tour leaves Pyrenees
By JAMEY KEATEN

TARBES, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong stayed in third place at the Tour de France on Sunday after the last day of riding in the Pyrenees.

Pierrick Fedrigo of France sped past a lone rival in a breakaway to win the mountainous ninth stage. Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held the yellow jersey for a third straight day. He is followed in the overall standings by Astana teammates Alberto Contador and Armstrong.

"It's pure happiness," Fedrigo said after pulling ahead of Italy's Franco Pellizotti following the final turn in Tarbes. "I knew I needed to go all out, and that's what I did." Read more from the AP...