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Frenchman Turgis wins stage nine as Pogacar maintains Tour de France lead

Anthony Turgis emerged victorious from a long breakaway while Tadej Pogacar attacked several times on a novel run but could not gain time on his main rivals for the yellow jersey.

Frenchman Anthony Turgis won stage nine of the Tour de France on the white gravel tracks through champagne vineyards after a long range escape on Sunday.

British rider Tom Pidcock was second after tailing Turgis but looked to be slightly blocked as he made a last-gasp bid for the line ahead of third-placed Derek Gee of Canada.

"That was wonderful," Turgis said at the finish line in the city of Troyes.

"I've been close to winning for ages and to get one here is just great," the 30-year-old added.

Overnight leader Tadej Pogacar attacked several times on a novel run including the dusty gravel for a first time on this race, but finished alongside his rivals for the title Remco Evenepoel and Jonas Vingegaard.

As France went to the urns in the second round of a parliamentary election hundreds of thousands of cycling fans turned out for the Tour on this first holiday weekend.

A shake up in the overall standings had been expected as the peloton tackled 14 rustic white gravel paths in the region's celebrated champagne vineyards that produce over 300 million bottles of bubbly a year.

(AFP)


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