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Tour de France Stage 17 Live Coverage
 
By Locutus
Date: 7/24/2003
Tour de France Stage 17 Live Coverage
 
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of the Tour de France!

If history is any guide, today's 181km jaunt from Dax to Bordeaux should be one for the men in the Green Jersey battle, as the sprinters will be after the intermediate sprints at 102.5km and 122km, as well as the stage win. Look for Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com), Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo), and Erik Zabel (Telekom) to put their men on the front to chase and to be the top three at the end of the day.

Additional commentary today by Andy McDobbin, Jaime Nichols and Nick Bull.

5:55am PDT, 80km left. There is a breakaway of ten men up the road. It consists of Christophe Mengin (FDJeux.com), Bram De Groot (Rabobank), Vincente Garcia Acosta (iBanesto.com), Servais Knaven (Quickstep Davitamon), Salvatore Commesso (Saeco), Mederic Clain (Cofidis), Peter Luttenberger (CSC), Ivan Parra (Kelme-Costa Blanca), Leon Van Bon (Lotto-Domo) and Paolo Bossoni (Vini Caldirola-SoDi).

De Groot takes the first intermediate sprint ahead of Bossoni and Knaven. De Groot has been off the front the last two flat stages, taking 3rd and 2nd...can he finally get that big stage win? It would save Rabobank's Tour, which since the Stage 1 crash, has been rather disappointing.

It looks like the presence of Luttenberger (as the highest man in GC, 18th at 26'52") could further cement CSC's leading team position.

These ten riders attacked from the gun. They had gotten a lead of up to 16', but now it is down to 12'. The chase in the pack is led by Credit Agricole and Euskaltel-Euskadi.

The Euskaltels are indeed chasing because of the team competition, but also because they don't want Luttenberger to threaten the positions of their GC men.

There's a tailwind today and they're going along at a good clip - 50km per hour. There's a little bit of monkeying around in the breakaway - not everyone is willing to work, and the gap is coming down a bit - the gap is 11".

6:14 am PDT. 64km left. After the drama of the last two stages, we keep expecting something dramatic to happen. Maybe Angels will sweep down and lift David Millar down the road to victory? Or Hinault and Lemond will throw their legs over a bike and jump on the course just to have another dig at each other?

The gap is still 10' 30". The men in the break aren't working so well together anymore. Garcia Acosta has become a bit of a passenger.

With men from FDJeux.com, Lotto-Domo, Rabobank, and Vini Caldirola, the teams of the most of the big sprinters are represented here. Only Telekom of Erik Zabel isn't here. They may take up the chase later if the teams worried about their GC men can continue to close the gap.

Jean Delatour is now helping with the chase, likely working for former Yellow Jersey wearer Jean Patrick Nazon.

Commesso looks slightly like the American Samoan shot putter who competed in the 2000 Olympic 100m sprint when he realised the country could do two events - with the sleeveless Saeco shirt and the face, it's a bit worrying. Saeco fashion leaves a bit to be desired. But it's good to see Kelme green in the break...the Kermits have been absent from the front for most of the race.

In the intermediate sprint, it's Van Bon, De Groot, and Mengin at the line. In the pack, the Postal train is followed by the trains of Bianchi and Telekom. The Posties are sitting behind a mixed train of riders working on the chase.

Speaking of Kelme, reports are that Kelme's absent GC leader, the boyish wonder Oscar Sevilla, is finally back on the bike and training after a long haitus caused by a saddle-sore gone wild. He will make his return to racing at the Classica San Sebastian.

The leading group, which has been in front for the whole stage so far, contains riders who have a great deal of experience, especially as four of them (Van Bon, Commesso, Mengin and Garcia Acosta) have won stages in previous editions of this race.

6:32 am PDT. 50km left. After his big stage win yesterday, Tyler Hamilton's first in the Tour, the man from Marblehead thanked his teammates and expressed his disappointment in men like Walter Godefroot (Telekom's director) who have called him and his team liars in regards to Tyler's collarbone injury.

Hamilton's victory got a lot of mainstream press in the U.S., as CNN, ESPN, Headline News, Fox, and several others had nice segments throughout the day on Tyler's wounded exploits.

Riders from Credit Agricole, Euskaltel, Gerolsteiner and Jean Delatour are now leading the peloton; one wonders why the German and Basque teams are up there, Agricole and Delatour are there to make the stage finish as a sprint- both teams have men capable of the win today.

Garcia Acosta had quite an exciting time in the April Classics (uncharacteristically for an iBanesto). Leading the peloton through the famed Arenberg Forest in Paris-Roubaix he said, "Normally all of us Banestos get off at the first feed, but I decided to ignore team orders and keep going."

Eric Zabel has won in Bordeaux on two other occasions... He writes a journal for German periodical Die Welt, and in it, he says that he has given up the green jersey and will now focus on stage wins - including this stage: "On the last stages I will try to attack. Maybe I’ll succeed in winning a stage somewhere, but I’ve written off the green jersey. I’ve set my eye on the stages to Bordeaux and on the Champs Élysées in Paris," he writes.

Although at this late stage of the Tour it is "traditional" for breakaway groups to stay away, stage finishes in Bordeaux are well known for bunch sprint finishes. The last person to win in the French city was Tom Steels in 1999 - in a sprint. Will the peloton be able to close in on this breakaway group before the conclusion on the stage?

The weather today is cool and cloudy...and there have even been a few sprinkles on the route. It looks like it could really start coming down any time.

On the front of the pack, Gerolsteiner has come up to work with Credit Agricole and a Rabobank rider to set the pace. The Rabos must not feel comfortable with de Groot's chances to win from that break.

There are still some people who doubt the validity about Tyler Hamilton's broken collarbone - despite the fact his x-ray has been shown on several occasions to the media. Godefroot's doubts remain, although he claims he never said Tyler was lying.

The lead group are 8:30 ahead of the peloton. Following on from Rabobank's attempt to close the gap to the lead group even though it has one of their riders is in the break, Juan Antonio Flecha, who rides for the iBanesto.com is also helping the peloton, though his team-mate, Vincente Garcia Acosta is in the lead group.

Curiously, Gerolsteiner are contributing to the chase - with their best sprinter Haselbacher out, I don't see the need. Are they going to try and help Erik Zabel and Telekom? Or somehow launch big German Uwe Peschel to solo away or bridge across?

The gap is now 8'27", and the field has loosened up the screws...Jan Ullrich, meanwhile, was given a sportsmanship award from the German Olympic committee for his display of fair play on the climb of the Luz-Ardiden during Stage 15.

6:47 am PDT. 39km left. The chase from the pack is going to have to pick it up to nail these guys back...

Fdjeux.com aren't going to be too bothered, with Mengin up there - the sprinters will be going for 11th place onwards if this break isn't caught, and that will give a better chance of defending Cooke's green jersey.

Green Jersey wearer Baden Cooke got caught up in a crash yesterday when a Kelme rider ran up the back of an iBanesto rider, and he was left with no way out. The consequences weren't dire, though - he took some bark off at the knee, but didn't really hurt himself much.

It could be two stages in a row for the 'riding wounded'. Cofidis Tour rookie Mederic Clain, who is currently in the break, broke a couple of fingers as one of the instigators in the Stage 1 crash. A win here would ease both his and Cofidis' pain (especially after the 0.08 seconds prologue loss).

The gap is increasing the break...it's now 9' 02", so it looks like they won't be brought back. The men in the break will likely start to attack each other now that it looks like the chase behind is shutting off.

Vincente Garcia Acosta is working in the breakaway group again after sitting at the rear for the previous few kilometers.

Gerolsteiner still sets the pace on the front of the pack. Go figure. The peloton is taking it easy at this point. No one really seems to want to ride for it today.

7:00 am PDT. 31km left. The lead group have just passed an accordion player on the side of the ride - which rider will being singing after the stage finish? Danish champion Nicki Sorensen is being treated by the race doctor. He's got problems with his left knee. He was the one who hoisted Tyler Hamilton into the lead group yesterday - he's a great domestique.

The men in the break are really working well together again. Luttenberger may jump over his teammate Sastre into 10th on GC if this pace holds up!

7:11 am PDT. 21km left. Gerolsteiner's DS must be mad at them. He is making the Gerolsteiner boys still set the pace in the front, even though the break is long gone. Credit Agricole is mixed in still. The Posties and the Bianchis aren't far behind. They will be gearing up soon for the sprint for *yawn* tenth place.

Maybe they're protecting Totschnig, the team leader, who is 12th overall at 18'52". Up front, some of the men in the break are missing turns. Knaven is sitting on now, not pulling through. Van Bon has done the same thing. They're just waiting to either attack or follow an attack, as one will inevitably come.

7:19 am PDT. 15km left. There is a FLURRY. Knaven has flown the coop! Garcia Acosta is countering now. Commesso tries to cover, and sits up. So Garcia Acosta and Knaven are up the road. The rest are staring. Knaven has about 100 meters on Garcia Acosta.

Knaven's career highlight to date is an impressive Paris-Roubaix win in 2001, but since he hasn't returned to that standard since (despite a Tour of Qatar stage in Janruary of this year).

Now de Groot has launched a counter-attack through a tight corner. That corner could be dangerous when the peloton comes through.

13km left. Knaven is still 1st on the road, followed by Garcia Acosta, then de Groot.

Garcia Acosta has been reeled in by the other breakaway men. Knaven is off the front, with de Groot in pursuit. The eight remaining in the break are chasing. Knaven has 18" and the chasers are disorganized and scrambling... can he hold it?

Knaven is storming down the road, with about 10km to go! He has the experience and the hard-man attributes to solo to a great win in Bordeaux!

9km left. Garcia Acosta tries again, but gets chased hard. Knaven is driving it.

Knaven's gap is 23"!

4km left. Knaven is being chased hard by the men behind. Even Van Bon is taking turns. Garcia Acosta has gone, or so it would appear.... dropped? De Groot is now leading the nine men in pursuit of Knaven. Garcia Acosta has been dropped by the chasing men now. Van Bon tries to get away... the gap is 22".

Knaven is under the 2km kite, his lead is 24". The chase is still all together, despite the constant attacks. Knaven looks good for the win!

The chase is faltering... Knaven is nearing the Flamme Rouge. Final kilometer. He's got it kids - Servais Knaven will go free. He's still driving it. He's been off the front since the gun!

Knaven's solo break with 15km was decisive! He dropped the nine men behind, and throws kisses to the crowd. Quick Step will be overjoyed with another stage!

Bassoni looks like 2nd, Mengin 3rd.

Another - the third - fruitless breakaway for De Groot: you'd think he's learnt his lesson having been in the other two transition stage breaks!

But what a great ride by Knaven; it's the Quick Step team's second stage win in this Tour. Sean Kelly has described the Dutchman's ride as "his best since Paris- Roubaix 2001". Quickstep has really put the wood to Lotto-Domo in this Tour. This is the third win for a rouleur following Piil and Flecha's victories.

Knaven says, "It's my seventh time in the Tour de France, and I've always come 2nd or 3rd. It's incredible. When I win it's always a good race. This will go in my Palmares as one of my finest victories".

Last year in a stage he took 2nd behind Rabobank man Karsten Kroon. Dekker, who helped his teammate to win, said, "Knaven thought he'd won but it was clear Kroon was miles ahead!"

The Posties are driving the peloton home now. They're having a little fun on the front, it looks like. Floyd Landis is on point, leading the Posties and the peloton through the corners. Now its Big Hink driving the front of the pack, now it's Eki.

Here comes the FDJeux.com train. McGee is driving it! McEwen takes it from Cooke and Zabel. So McEwen chips away at Cooke's lead in the Green Jersey competition. 10. McEwen, 11. Zabel, 12. Cooke.

Lance gets a big cheer as he step up to the podium. He looks clean shaven for the podium girls.

Thanks for reading, and join us tomorrow as we approach the finale of this amazing Tour. Tomorrow is a very long, flat stage with a few bumps near the end. So we will see who tries to make his mark, and we hope to see you then.

Stage 17 Results (Full)

1 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD 3h 54' 23"
2 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL 00' 17"
3 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ s.t.
4 VAN BON Leon NED LOT s.t.
5 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE s.t.
6 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN s.t.
7 LÜTTENBERGER Peter AUT CSC s.t.
8 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF s.t.
9 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB s.t.
10 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 01' 55"
11 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 08' 06"
12 ZABEL Erik GER TEL s.t.
13 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ s.t.
14 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A s.t.
15 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI s.t.
16 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE s.t.
17 NAZON Damien FRA BLB s.t.
18 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL s.t.
19 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD s.t.
20 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R s.t.
21 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A s.t.
22 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ s.t.
23 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ s.t.
24 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL s.t.
25 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL s.t.
26 LIESE Thomas GER TBI s.t.
27 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI s.t.
28 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP s.t.
29 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT s.t.
30 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS s.t.
31 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD s.t.
32 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL s.t.
33 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF s.t.
34 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN s.t.
35 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT s.t.
36 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A s.t.
37 MAYO Iban ESP EUS s.t.
38 CIONI Dario  ITA FAS s.t.
39 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE s.t.
40 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST s.t.
41 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL s.t.
42 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R s.t.
43 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE s.t.
44 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R s.t.
45 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF s.t.
46 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC s.t.
47 CHRISTENSEN Bekim DEN CSC s.t.
48 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS s.t.
49 AERTS Mario BEL TEL s.t.
50 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE s.t.
51 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB s.t.
52 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL s.t.
53 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP s.t.
54 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT s.t.
55 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN s.t.
56 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC s.t.
57 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC s.t.
58 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL s.t.
59 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ s.t.
60 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL s.t.
61 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB s.t.
62 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL s.t.
63 ROUS Didier FRA BLB s.t.
64 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R s.t.
65 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R s.t.
66 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD s.t.
67 LANDIS Floyd USA USP s.t.
68 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI s.t.
69 HINCAPIE George USA USP s.t.
70 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL s.t.
71 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE s.t.
72 GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro ESP ONE s.t.
73 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL s.t.
74 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD s.t.
75 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS s.t.
76 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD s.t.
77 CANADA David ESP QSD s.t.
78 PERON Andrea ITA CSC s.t.
79 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB s.t.
80 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL s.t.
81 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB s.t.
82 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP s.t.
83 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS s.t.
84 ANDRLE René CZE ONE s.t.
85 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
86 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI s.t.
87 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP s.t.
88 NOE Andrea ITA ALS s.t.
89 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS s.t.
90 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN s.t.
91 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD s.t.
92 AZEVEDO José POR ONE s.t.
93 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
94 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE s.t.
95 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP s.t.
96 PLAZA David ESP TBI s.t.
97 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS s.t.
98 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP s.t.
99 USANO Julian ESP KEL s.t.
100 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL s.t.
101 PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier ESP KEL s.t.
102 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD s.t.
103 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE s.t.
104 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE s.t.
105 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT s.t.
106 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE s.t.
107 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS s.t.
108 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R s.t.
109 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC s.t.
110 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC s.t.
111 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB s.t.
112 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL s.t.
113 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A s.t.
114 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST s.t.
115 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R s.t.
116 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL s.t.
117 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R s.t.
118 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS s.t.
119 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN s.t.
120 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL s.t.
121 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS s.t.
122 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A s.t.
123 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB s.t.
124 MUNOZ David ESP KEL s.t.
125 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN s.t.
126 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS s.t.
127 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB s.t.
128 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF s.t.
129 HERAS Roberto ESP USP s.t.
130 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS s.t.
131 CASERO Angel ESP TBI s.t.
132 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN s.t.
133 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN s.t.
134 BÖLTS Udo GER GST s.t.
135 MILLAR David GBR COF s.t.
136 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF s.t.
137 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF s.t.
138 LATASA David ESP KEL s.t.
139 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF s.t.
140 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB s.t.
141 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC s.t.
142 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB s.t.
143 PESCHEL Uwe GER GST s.t.
144 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN s.t.
145 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL s.t.
146 HARY Maryan FRA BLB s.t.
147 BECKE Daniel GER TBI s.t.
148 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL s.t.
149 RENIER Franck FRA BLB s.t.

General Classification after Stage 17 (Top 25)

1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 74h 40' 28"
2 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 01' 07"
3 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 02' 45"
4 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 05' 16"
5 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 05' 25"
6 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 06' 35"
7 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 08' 08"
8 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 11' 12"
9 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 16' 05"
10 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 16' 12"
11 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 17' 09"
12 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 18' 52"
13 LÜTTENBERGER Peter AUT CSC 19' 03"
14 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 19' 34"
15 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 22' 00"
16 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 24' 34"
17 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 24' 59"
18 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 26' 50"
19 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 27' 29"
20 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 28' 57"
21 PLAZA David ESP TBI 40' 57"
22 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 42' 48"
23 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 45' 34"
24 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 45' 48"
25 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 49' 32"

Points after Stage 17 (Top 20)

1 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 169 pts
2 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 163 pts
3 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 157 pts
4 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 146 pts
5 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 133 pts
6 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 126 pts
7 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 119 pts
8 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 99 pts
9 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 98 pts
10 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 91 pts
11 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 91 pts
12 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 90 pts
13 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 85 pts
14 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 83 pts
15 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 83 pts
16 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 81 pts
17 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 76 pts
18 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 73 pts
19 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 73 pts
20 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 69 pts

KOM after Stage 17 (Top 20)

1 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 324 pts
2 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 187 pts
3 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 168 pts
4 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 133 pts
5 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 132 pts
6 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 130 pts
7 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 125 pts
8 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 124 pts
9 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 116 pts
10 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 100 pts
11 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 97 pts
12 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 95 pts
13 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 91 pts
14 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 80 pts
15 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 77 pts
16 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 72 pts
17 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 71 pts
18 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD 67 pts
19 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 64 pts
20 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 62 pts

Youth Classification after Stage 17 (Top 20)

1 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 74h 57' 37"
2 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 42' 33"
3 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 1h 00' 38"
4 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 1h 07' 07"
5 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 1h 19' 06"
6 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 1h 24' 23"
7 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 1h 32' 14"
8 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 1h 33' 14"
9 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 1h 51' 41"
10 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 2h 00' 08"
11 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 2h 05' 36"
12 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 2h 15' 05"
13 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 2h 16' 46"
14 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 2h 37' 14"
15 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 2h 58' 30"
16 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 2h 59' 18"
17 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 3h 06' 22"
18 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 3h 18' 56"
19 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 3h 23' 18"
20 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 3h 29' 19"

Teams Classification after Stage 17

1 TEAM CSC  CSC 221h 36' 33"
2 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI  EUS 16' 57"
3 IBANESTO.COM  BAN 18' 53"
4 US POSTAL - BERRY FLOOR  USP 23' 52"
5 TEAM BIANCHI  TBI 1h 08' 57"
6 TEAM TELEKOM  TEL 1h 34' 40"
7 BRIOCHES LA BOULANGERE  BLB 1h 59' 47"
8 AG2R PREVOYANCE  A2R 2h 04' 29"
9 COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE  COF 2h 07' 27"
10 ONCE - EROSKI  ONE 2h 08' 15"
11 QUICK STEP - DAVITAMON  QSD 2h 26' 25"
12 ALESSIO  ALS 3h 07' 07"
13 SAECO - MACCHINE PER CAFFE  SAE 3h 09' 01"
14 KELME - COSTA BLANCA  KEL 3h 16' 24"
15 GEROLSTEINER  GST 3h 23' 38"
16 JEAN DELATOUR  DEL 3h 23' 46"
17 RABOBANK  RAB 3h 37' 41"
18 FASSA BORTOLO  FAS 3h 55' 56"
19 CREDIT AGRICOLE  C.A 5h 15' 15"
20 LOTTO - DOMO  LOT 5h 50' 46"
21 FDJEUX.COM  FDJ 6h 45' 23"
22 CALDIROLA - SO.DI  CAL 7h 44' 10"


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