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Two-time defending champion Miguel Indurain of Spain took the lead in Tour de France today by winning the ninth stage individual time trial.

Indurain toured the 37-mile route in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds. His nearest rival was two-time world champion Gianni Bugno of Italy, 2:11 behind.Johan Museeuw of Belgium had the leader's yellow jersey and had a 3:17 margin over Indurain entering the time trial. Museeuw lost 6:19 to Indurain and fell to sixth overall.

Eric Breukink of the Netherlands was third in the stage, 2:22 behind Indurain. Starting the day 47 seconds ahead of Indurain, Breukink ended up second overall, 1:35 back.

Johan Bruyneel of Belgium moved into third overall.

The riders have an off day Tuesday before starting two days in the Alps Wednesday.

Lance Armstrong of Plano, Texas, winner of Sunday's eighth stage, finished the time trial far behind Indurain, but he has come a long way in less than a year.

After turning pro following the Olympics, Armstrong was 111th - last - in the San Sebastian Classic, won by Raul Alcala of Mexico 10 months ago.

Armstrong beat Alcala and the rest of the Tour de France field in the eighth stage, becoming one of the few Americans to win an individual stages in the race. At 21 he also is one of the youngest.

Armstrong and Alcala were part of a six-man group that broke away from the pack with less than six miles to go in the 114-mile stage from Chalons Sur Marne to Verdun.

Included in the group were Stephen Roche of Ireland, the 1987 Tour de France winner, and Dominque Arnould of France.