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Jul 10, 2011 5:11 PM by Lee Douglas

Voeckler takes over yellow jersey at Tour de France

SAINT-FLOUR, France (AP) - Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez has won Sunday's crash-marred ninth stage of the Tour de France after forming part of a long breakaway in the mountains.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler finished second and took the overall race leader's yellow jersey from Thor Hushovd of Norway.

Veteran Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov abandoned the race after crashing near the halfway point of the 129.2-mile trek from Issoire to Saint-Flour in the Massif Central.

Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha was hit by a car late in the stage and took down Dutch rider Johnny Hoogerland with him as he flew sideways off his saddle. Both got up and continued to race.

Defending champion Alberto Contador fell early on, but the Spaniard was unharmed and rode on.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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