TOUR DE FRANCE

Ninth Stage

A 139.2-mile, high-mountain stage through the Pyrenees from Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre

1. R. Ricco, Italy, Saunier Duval-Scott, 5 hours, 39 minutes, 28 seconds.

2. Vladimir Efimkin, Russia, AG2R-La Mondiale, 1 minute, 4 seconds behind.

3. Cyril Dessel, France, AG2R-La Mondiale, 1:17.

4. Dmitry Fofonov, Kazakhstan, Credit Agricole, same time.

5. Christian Knees, Germany, Team Milram, same time.

6. Maxime Monfort, Belgium, Cofidis, same time.

7. Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Caisse d'Epargne, same time.

8. Roman Kreuziger, Czech Republic, Liquigas, same time.

9. Damiano Cunego, Italy, Lampre, same time.

10. Yaroslav Popovych, Ukraine, Silence-Lotto, same time.

Also

20. Christian Vandevelde, United States, Garmin Chipotle, same time.

60. George Hincapie, United States, Team Columbia, 6:27.

118. Danny Pate, United States, Garmin Chipotle, 18:55.

142. William Frischkorn, United States, Garmin Chipotle, 28:11.

Overall Standings

(After nine stages)

1. Kim Kirchen, Luxembourg, Team Columbia, 38 hours, 7 minutes, 19 seconds.

2. Cadel Evans, Australia, Silence-Lotto, 6 seconds behind.

3. Christian Vandevelde, United States, Garmin Chipotle, :44.

4. Stefan Schumacher, Germany, Gerolsteiner, :56.

5. Denis Menchov, Russia, Rabobank, 1:03.

6. Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Spain, Caisse d'Epargne, 1:12.

7. Stijn Devolder, Belgium, Quick Step, 1:21.

8. Oscar Pereiro, Spain, Caisse d'Epargne, same time.

9. Samuel Sanchez, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:27.

10. Carlos Sastre, Spain, Team CSC Saxo Bank, 1:34.

Also

55. George Hincapie, United States, Team Columbia, 17:46.

115. Danny Pate, United States, Garmin Chipotle, 54:35.

147. William Frischkorn, United States, Garmin Chipotle, 1:10:02.