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Mercado breaks away in Pyrenees to win Stage 10

Updated: July 13, 2006, 7:51 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

PAU, France -- Unheralded French rider Cyril Dessel took the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey Wednesday on the first high altitude stage, and American Floyd Landis fell from second to fifth overall.

Juan Miguel Mercado of Spain won the stage, beating Dessel in a sprint to the line at Pau. The previous yellow jersey holder, Serhiy Honchar of Ukraine, was still riding far behind with the main pack of racers when Mercado and Dessel finished.

Honchar and Landis were ...

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