Hushovd still in yellow as Stage 9 of Tour begins
Updated: July 10, 2011, 09:41
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ISSOIRE, France (AP) Cyclists set off Sunday in the ninth stage of the Tour de France for a second straight day of climbing in the mountains with Thor Hushovd wearing the leader's yellow jersey.
Hushovd surprised himself by keeping the overall lead after Saturday's eighth stage. The Norwegian sprinter, twice a winner of the Tour's green jersey for best sprinter, leads by 1 second over Cadel Evans of Australia.
Sunday's undulating stage takes the peloton on a 129.2-mile trek from Issoire to Saint-Flour in France's Massif Central and features several category-2 climbs.
Three-time champion Alberto Contador was cheered as he rode toward the start line, marking a change to the jeers he has received earlier in the race.