The former mountain bike rider benefited from fine work from his team-mate Matteo Montaguti as he took victory on Mont Faron.
Peraud moved clear in the final five kilometres of the climb as hemoved away from Francesco Reda, Davide Rebellin and Alexandre Geniez to give his Ag2r La Mondiale team the win.
Meanwhile, Maxime Monfort of RadioShack assumed the overall race lead as he survived a series of attacks from climbers to take a one-second advantage over Lars Boom and Thomas Lovkvist.
It was an impressive stage win for Peraud, who negotiated the 145km route from Rousset to Mont Faron expertly, with the day also belonging to a delighted Monfort.
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- Alexandre Geniez
- Davide Rebellin
- Maxime Monfort
- Ag2r La Mondiale
- Matteo Montaguti
- Francesco Reda