The stage -- 118 miles from Pau to Castelsarrasin -- was run without a rider wearing the yellow leader's jersey. Michael Rasmussen seemed to have the overall crown locked up but was withdrawn by his Rabobank team after lying about his whereabouts during June training and missing random drug tests.
Rasmussen pointed out he didn't fail any of the numerous doping tests he had taken during the Tour de France.
Bennati completed the Pau-to-Castelsarrasin run in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds, out sprinting three riders to take the stage. Markus Fothen finished second with Martin Elmiger and Jens Voigt given third and fourth. All four riders were recorded in the same time.
The tour is down to its final three stages, including Friday's ride form Cahors to Angouleme. The tour is to wrap up Sunday in Paris.
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