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Rasmussen Holds on to Leader's Yellow Jersey in Tour de France


French cyclist Cedric Vasseur is the winner of the 10th stage of the Tour de France, and Denmark's Michael Rasmussen holds on to the leader's yellow jersey.

This was the 36-year-old Vasseur's first stage win in cycling's biggest race since 1997 and he becomes the first French rider to win a stage in this year's tour. Vasseur outsprinted four other cyclists in a breakaway group to finish Wednesday's 230-kilometer ride in five hours, 20 minutes, 24 seconds.

His compatriot Sandy Casar was second and Swiss rider Michael Albasini was third. Casar, Albasini, fourth-placed Frenchman Patrice Halgand and German Jens Voigt, in fifth place, were all credited with the same time.

Rassmussen finished in the main pack, 10 minutes 36 seconds behind the leaders. His advantage halfway through the 20-stage race remains two minutes, 35 seconds ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde. Another Spaniard, Iban Mayo, is third - another four seconds back.

The top American Levi Leipheimer is ninth, three minutes, 53 seconds off the pace.

The day started with the announcement by the German cycling federation that T-Mobile rider Patrik Sinkewitz tested positive for high levels of testosterone from samples taken on June 8, one month before the Tour de France.

He had already pulled out of the Tour after colliding with a spectator on Sunday. He has been suspended by his team, and his contract will be terminated should his "B" sample also test positive.

Because of the development, two German public television stations which have been broadcasting the Tour, ZDF and ARD, said they were dropping their coverage "until further notice."

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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