July 10, 2009
Nocentini is overall Tour de France leader
Brice Feillu won Friday's stage of the Tour de France but Rinaldo Nocentini's fourth-place finish was enough to give him the overall race lead.
Feillu covered the 134.4-mile course from Barcelona, Spain, to Arcalis, Andorra, in 6 hours, 11 minutes, 31 seconds. Christophe Kern was 5 seconds back and finished second while Johannes Frohlinger was 20 seconds more behind. Nocentini was 1 second behind Frohlinger.
Feillu was undaunted by the altitude and grabbed the lead with 3 miles to go and led the rest of the way.
Alberto Contador, who has led the overall standings since last Saturday's opening stage, mounted a late sprint and wound up ninth on the day. He trails Nocentini by 6 seconds. Lance Armstrong, who had been in a virtual tie with Contador, is in third, 8 seconds off the pace.
The eighth stage Saturday begins in Andorra la Vella n Andorra and heads 106 miles to Saint-Girons, France. There are two Category 1 and one Category 2 climbs on the route.