Rasmussen wins day; Armstrong out of lead

July 10, 2005 at 8:58 PM
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MULHOUSE, France, July 10 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen won the ninth stage of the Tour de France Sunday, while six-time champion Lance Armstrong lost the overall lead to Germany's Jens Voigt.

Rasmussen, of Denmark, completed the 106.3-mile trek from Gerardmer to Mulhouse in four hours, eight minutes and 20 seconds -- three minutes and four seconds faster than Frenchman Christophe Moreau and Voigt.

Voigt denied Armstrong his fifth consecutive yellow jersey and now leads the event by 1 minute and 50 seconds over Moreau. Armstrong is 2 minutes and 18 seconds back.

Rasmussen is fourth overall, 2 minutes and 43 seconds behind Voigt.

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan rounds out the top 5, 3 minutes and 20 seconds back.

Following a day of rest on Monday, the race heads to the Alps on Tuesday with a 119-mile climb in Stage 10 from Grenoble to Courchevel.

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