Denmark’s Bjarne Riis took the overall lead in the Tour de France, winning the ninth leg after snow forced organizers to eliminate two mountain climbs.
Riis made a long solo breakaway and won by 24 seconds over France’s Luc Leblanc in the stage shortened from 117.5 miles to 28 miles. Berzin finished 14th, 1:23 behind Riis.
Initially, the organizers were to skip the Col de l’Iseran, the highest scheduled point on this year’s tour. Then high winds and snow forced the cancellation of a second climb on the 8,731-foot Col de Galibier.