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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Tour de France - stage 10 photos

Spectators at the top of the Col du Galibier on Tuesday

After the gruelling slopes of the Col du Galibier on Tuesday, stage 10 promises 229.5 km of largely flat racing

Anthony Charteau at the head of an early breakaway on stage 10

Michael Rasmussen starts in the yellow jersey but isn't part of an early breakaway of six, lead by Anthony Charteau

A spectator looks on from a window

The peloton keeps in touch with the lead group and eventually catches up at around the 57km mark

Marcus Burghardt discards a water bottle

Marcus Burghardt, who survived a collision with a dog on Tuesday, tries a solo breakaway but is quickly hauled back

Jens Voigt rides in the breakaway

But Jens Voigt leads another break of 11 riders and this time the group puts some distance between the chasing pack

The breakaway group on stage 10

Voigt is the highest placed in the lead group, which includes Staf Scheirlinckx and Cedric Vasseur, but not Rasmussen

Riders on the Tour de France

Rasmussen stays tucked in with his Rabobank team-mates at the head of the peloton, some 10 minutes behind the leaders

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF

German broadcasters ARD and ZDF drop their live coverage as news of Patrick Sinkewitz's drug test results emerge

The peloton rides on stage 10

Meanwhile, the leaders manage to stay well clear of the peloton and start to launch further breaks off the front

A five-man group of Voigt, Cedric Vasseur, Michael Albasini, Patrice Halgand and Sandy Casar break for the finish

A five-man group of Voigt, Cedric Vasseur, Michael Albasini, Patrice Halgand and Sandy Casar end up battling for the finish

Cedric Vasseur wins stage 10

But Vasseur inches across the line first in Marseille, following some canny manoeuvring for position on the home straight

France's Cedric Vasseur on the podium

Vasseur announces his imminent retirement - Rasmussen finishes 10 minutes behind but retains his overall lead



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