Michael Rogers of Australia led a breakaway to a downhill finish in winning the longest stage as the
But the contest for the podium spots below him was shaken up: Thibault Pinot of France rose to third in the standings, bumping aside compatriot Romain Bardet, while
Rogers, a three-time world champion, took a bow as he crossed the line alone to collect his first career Tour stage win 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 came close not to riding on this Tour for Tinkoff-Saxo Bank team.
In a ruling announced in April, the
Rogers raced last October in China, where clenbuterol is widely administered to livestock to build muscle and reduce fat. The UCI said it disqualified Rogers from the Japanese race but consulted the
He won two stages in this year's
As the day began, a breakaway group of 21 riders jelled within the first two hours, and stuck together for much of the day, chiseling out a lead of more than 12 minutes.
But their unity began to disintegrate along the 12-kilometer Port de Bales climb, which was ranked hors categorie. In its steepest patch, the gradient reached 11 percent.
Before the stage, the Lampre-Merida team said world champion
The stage was just an appetizer for the Pyrenees: Uphill finishes await on Wednesday and Thursday.