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Topic - Rui Costa
German veteran Andreas Kloeden was second, 46 seconds behind, and Belgian Jan Bakelants was 1:44 back in third. Leader Chris Froome and his main Tour rival Alberto Contador finished together several minutes behind Costa.
Costa secured the second stage win of his Tour career, crossing the line about 40 seconds ahead of Frenchman Christophe Riblon.
"A lot of Portuguese fans have supported me through this Tour and I want to thank them," Costa said through a translator.
"The Tour is a very important race for me. The GC is something for the future, we will see," Costa said. "I am happy to have won two stages, especially as it's the centenary Tour so that makes it more special."