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Topic - Thibaut Pinot
The Italian, winning his fourth stage of the Tour, essentially turned the race into a competition for second. Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who began the day in second but with a thin lead on two Frenchmen behind him, was losing key seconds.
Rogers took a bow as he crossed the line after the 237.5-kilometer (147-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon featuring an ascent up the super-tough Port de Bales. Rogers, a former world champion, collected his first Tour stage victory.
Bradley Wiggins kept the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Keeping his cool was another matter.
"I will remember this day my entire life," Pinot said as teammates embraced him. "I can't yet get my mind around it."