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Ricco wins another stage as race enters Pyrenees; Kirchen keeps lead

Updated: July 14, 2008, 12:46 PM ET
Associated Press

BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France -- Riccardo Ricco calls the mountains "my turf," and he knows how to protect it.

The Italian showed his strength in the Pyrenees on Sunday by winning the ninth stage of the Tour de France while Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen kept the yellow jersey. This was Ricco's second stage victory in three mountain stages run so far in cycling's premier event.

Nicknamed "The Cobra," Ricco started with a sore right knee from a crash Saturday. He struck when his rivals appeared ...

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