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Sandy Casar won stage nine of the Tour de France Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne but Andy Schleck is the new race leader.

Andy Schleck seized the Tour de France reins after joining forces with defending champion Alberto Contador in a hard, 204.5-km Alpine stage in which most of the other favorites dropped out of contention.

Australian Cadel Evans, the race leader at the start of Tuesday, was unable to stay in contact because of a fractured elbow suffered in a crash in the previous stage on Sunday.

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Stage 9 Results
1 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux - 5:38:10
2 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
4 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne - 0:00:02
5 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
6 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
7 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
8 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:00:52
9 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha - 0:02:07
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack


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General classification after Stage 9
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 43:35:41
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:41
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:02:45
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 0:02:58
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:03:31
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack - 0:03:59
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank - 0:04:22
8 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 0:04:41
9 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha - 0:05:08
10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:05:09


Full results here..


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Jersey Standings:
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Andy Schleck
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Thor Hushovd
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Jerome Pineau
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"Schleck takes over yellow jersey after Stage 9
By JAMEY KEATEN (AP)

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France - Andy Schleck of Luxembourg captured the overall lead at the Tour de France at the end of a mountainous ninth stage won by French rider Sandy Casar on Tuesday.

Schleck took the yellow jersey from Australia's Cadel Evans, who wore it for only one day, after finishing seventh in the stage, two seconds behind Casar and alongside two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador.

Evans was dropped on the fabled Madeleine pass and lost more than 8 minutes on Schleck and Contador. Team doctor Max Testa said Evans was riding with a "small but very painful" fracture on his elbow after crashing in the eighth stage on Sunday.

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong fared relatively well as many other riders dropped off the title contenders on the Madeleine - one of the toughest climbs in cycling. The Texan finished 18th, 2:50 behind Casar.

Armstrong rose in the standings to 31st, from 39th, but lost time in the overall title chase. He's 15:54 behind Schleck.

Casar led a sprint among seven breakaway riders at the finish of the 127-mile trek from Morzine to Saint-Jean-La-Maurienne - the second and final day in the Alps containing three tough climbs." Read more from the AP...

"Casar wins Tour 9th stage, Schleck in yellow
By Justin Davis (AFP)

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France - Andy Schleck has taken possession of the Tour de France yellow jersey in dramatic fashion after an epic day of racing that virtually ended Cadel Evans's victory hopes.

Luxemburger Schleck, the Saxo Bank climbing specialist who finished runner-up to Alberto Contador in 2009, now leads what appears to be a two-man race with a 41sec lead on the Spaniard.

Frenchman Sandy Casar took the stage honours after a thrilling 204km ninth stage from Morzine on Tuesday, which included the gruelling 25.5km ascension over the Col de la Madeleine, the fourth and last climb of the race.

Casar, of Francaise des Jeux, was one of the last remnants of a larger breakaway group which was joined in the final kilometre by a trio which included Schleck and reigning champion Alberto Contador.

Casar had done most of the work dragging his three companions to the line in the final kilometres, but shortly after they were caught he pulled to the front inside the final kilometre and held on to claim his third career stage win on the race.

Having come second twice during stages of the race -- notably in 2007 and in 2009 -- Casar made a determined effort not to lose out again" Read more from AFP...

"Schleck takes yellow as Evans cracks

(CNN) -- Last year's runner-up Andy Schleck is the new leader of the Tour de France for the first time in his career after previous yellow jersey wearer, Cadel Evans, dramatically cracked on the mountainous 204.5km ninth stage of the race from Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

Schleck and defending champion Alberto Contador rode away from their rivals for overall classification on the brutal 25km ascent of the final climb of the day, the Col de la Madeleine, leaving Evans, Lance Armstrong, Carlos Sastre and many other race favorites trailing in their wake.

So impressive were Schleck and Contador, that they eventually caught the remaining five riders from a group of 12 that formed the decisive breakaway with 150km of the stage remaining.

Those seven riders eventually sprinted out for the stage victory, with Frenchman Sandy Casar crossing the line first, ahead of Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and Italian Damiano Cunego in third position." Read more from CNN International...