Juan Miguel Mercado

Spain's Juan Miguel Mercado (Agritubel) and Frenchman Cyril Dessel (Ag2r) grabbed the spotlight at end of the first mountain stage in the Pyrenees, sharing the stage win and the yellow jersey after being part of a long breakaway.

Mercado outsprinted Dessel to win in Pau, seven minutes ahead of the bunch, while the Frenchman took the yellow jersey from Sergei Gonchar (T-Mobile) and also pulled on the polka-dot climber's jersey. He now leads Mercado by 2-54, with Gonchar third at 3-45.

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