Freire wins Tour de France Stage 9

Updated: July 11, 2006, 2:07 PM ET
Associated Press

DAX, France -- Oscar Freire of Spain won stage nine of the Tour de France by less than a wheel length Tuesday over Robbie McEwen of Australia.

The win was Freire's second at this Tour and came in the last flat stage before the race heads into the Pyrenees. The Rabobank sprint specialist also won stage five.

Freire, a three-time former world champion, surged past current world champion Tom Boonen in a grouped sprint finish at Dax, in southwest France. He held off the ...

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