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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
Tour de France stage nine photos

Ukraine's Serhiy Honchar holds the yellow jersey

Ukrainian Serhiy Honchar holds the yellow jersey as the Tour resumes in south west France following Monday's rest day

The field leaves Bordeaux

170 riders leave Bordeaux under cloudless skies with the 169.5km route to Dax ahead of them

Germany's Christian Knees leads the field

Germany's Christian Knees, of the Milram team builds a sizeable lead after making a break from the pack after 7km

Frenchmen Walter Beneteau and Stephane Auge

Frenchmen Walter Beneteau and Stephane Auge soon join Knees at the front of the field

Floyd Landis eats a snack

America's Floyd Landis manages to hide the pain of his hip injury to challenge Honchar for the yellow jersey

The peloton cruises through the countryside

With the leaders 10km from the finish the gap to the chasing peloton is reduced to just a minute

Cycling fans line the route and enjoy the glorious weather

The riders are urged on by hundreds of spectators along the route with the end of the stage in sight

Robbie McEwen, Oscar Freire, Thor Hushovd and Erik Zabel contest the sprint finish

The leaders are swallowed up by the peloton with 3.5km remaining, leaving the sprinters to contest a gripping finale

Spain's Oscar Freire holds off a late challenge from Australia's Robbie McEwen

Spain's Oscar Freire holds off a late challenge from Australia's Robbie McEwen to claim his second stage win

The official photo finish

The photo finish shows Freire beating McEwen by the smallest of margins with Zabel and Boonen close behind

Freire celebrates after his win

Rabobank rider Freire, who also won stage five, celebrates after claiming his second stage win of this year's race

Honchar receives the yellow jersey

Honchar retains the yellow jersey and still leads Landis by a minute as the race heads to the Pyrenees on Wednesday

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