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Norway's Thor Hushovd won the 13th stage of the Tour de France and France's Thomas Voeckler kept the yellow jersey Friday on a ride through the Pyrenees that ended in the home of one of the most famous Catholic shrines.

Jeremy Roy nearly captured a Tour stage for the first time with his attack at the foot of the huge climb to Col d'Aubisque. But the Frenchman couldn't hold off Hushovd and David Moncoutie, who overtook Roy near the line and finished second.

"I really didn't think I would win this stage," said Hushovd, who was also part of the Garmin-Cervelo team that won the team time trial early in the race. "I did things right tactically."



Stage 13 Results
1. Thor Hushovd Team Garmin-Cervelo - 3:47:36
2. David Moncoutie Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne - 0:00:10
3. Jérémy Roy FDJ - 0:00:26
4. Lars Ytting Bak HTC-Highroad - 0:05:00
5. Jérôme Pineau Quickstep Cycling Team - 0:05:02
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling - 0:05:03
7. Vladimir Gusev Katusha Team - 0:05:08
8. Alessandro Petacchi Lampre - ISD -0:05:16
9. Maarten Tjallingii Rabobank Cycling Team
10. Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:06:48




General classification after Stage 13
1. Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar - 55:49:57
2. Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:01:49
3. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:02:06
4. Andy Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:02:17
5. Ivan Basso Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:03:16
6. Damiano Cunego Lampre - ISD - 0:03:22
7. Alberto Contador Velasco Saxo Bank Sungard - 0:04:00
8. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez Euskaltel-Euskadi - 0:04:11
9. Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:04:35
10. Thomas Danielson Team Garmin-Cervelo


Full results here..




Jersey Standings:
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Thomas Voeckler
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Mark Cavendish
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Jeremy Roy
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Arnold Jeannesson



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"Hushovd stuns Roy as Voeckler keeps yellow jersey
By Justin Davis (AFP)

LOURDES, France - Norwegian Thor Hushovd of Garmin-Cervelo continued his dream Tour de France with victory in the 13th stage from Pau to Lourdes on Friday.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, of Europcar, retained the race leader's yellow jersey after arriving with the main peloton and all the favourites seven and a half minutes later.

On the second of three consecutive days in the Pyrenees there were no changes to the overall standings.

Luxembourg's Frank Schleck is second overall at 1min 49sec, Cadel Evans of Australia is third at 2:06 and Andy Schleck is fourth at 2:17.
Spain's three-time and defending champion Alberto Contador is still seventh at four minutes, just behind Italian Ivan Basso in fifth and sixth-placed compatriot Damiano Cunego." Read more from AFP...

"Hushovd powers to Tour stage victory

(CNN) -- World champion Thor Hushovd continued his superb Tour de France by powering to victory in Friday's 152.5km 13th stage of the race from Pau to Lourdes.

Norwegian Hushovd, who wore the leader's yellow jersey for seven days earlier in the race, was one of 10 riders who broke clear of the peloton after 57km, as the overall leaders kept their powder dry ahead of Saturday's tough stage in the mountains.

Frenchman Jeremy Roy, who made a brave bid to win Thursday's stage before being caught on the final climb up to Luz-Ardiden, was also in the breakaway group, and he tried the same tactic again when he made another bold bid for success on the day's big climb -- the Col d'Aubsique." Read more from CNN International...

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