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Gérardmer (France) (AFP) - Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali is expecting a quieter day in the saddle Sunday as the ninth stage takes the peloton over 170km from Gerardmer to Mulhouse. Saturday's entry into the Vosges kicked off the hostilities as Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team cranked up the pace on the three short climbs at the end of the stage. The two-time former champion attacked on the final 1.8km third category ascent to the finish and clawed back three seconds on Astana leader Nibali, who vigilantly marked the Spaniard's rear wheel throughout. Saturday's stage was the first time an escape group had been successful, although by the finish Frenchman Blel Kadri was the only one left not to have been swallowed up by a charging, yet diminished, peloton.