Tour glance

Posted July 11, 2011, at 10:44 p.m.


SAINT-FLOUR, France — A brief look at Sunday’s ninth stage of the Tour de France:

Stage: A 129-mile crash-marred stage from Issoire to Saint-Flour. Veteran Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov was caught in a massive pileup in a descent and had to pull out with a fractured thigh bone. Spain’s Juan Antonio Flecha was hit by a car late in the stage, taking down Dutch rider Johnny Hoogerland with him. Both continued to ride.

Winner: Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez, following a long breakaway in the mountains of Massif Central. Sanchez beat Frenchmen Thomas Voeckler and Sandy Casar, by five and 13 seconds.

Yellow Jersey: Voeckler, who took the overall lead from Thor Hushovd of Norway. Voeckler, who is not considered a contender for the title, leads Sanchez by 1 minute, 49 seconds. Cadel Evans of Australia is third overall, 2:26 off the pace.

Where’s Alberto Contador? The three-time winner banged his right knee after an early spill. He is 16th overall, 4:07 behind Voeckler.

Quote of the Day: “I’m a bit bothered with my knee. I fell on the same knee that I hurt when I crashed the previous times. I’m actually quite worried because I have pain in that knee. I’m going to need to recover from that, I’m not feeling great.” — Contador.

Next stage: Monday is a rest day. Tuesday’s 98-mile stage will take riders from Aurillac to Carmaux. The course features hills but no major difficulty.


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