Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thu, Jul 26: TdF Stage 17

16:55 CEST: 15 km remaining, 7:50 the gap between a breakaway group of eight riders and the peloton.

The eight riders are Martin Elmiger (Ag2r – Prévoyance), Daniele Bennati, Daniele Righi (Lampre Fondital), Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas), Matteo Tosatto (Quick.Step Innergetic), Jens Voigt (CSC) and David Millar (Saunier Duval – Prodir).

No rider is in the yellow jersey today. Menchov (Rabobank) abandoned the race in the feed zone. Rasmussen denies having been in Italy while he was supposed to be in Mexico. What else: Predictor-Lotto plans to sue Vino and Astana. Michael Boogerd said that he "wants to go home immediately". The Rabobank team is riding at the end of the peloton.

Voigt, Bennati and Elmiger are now at the front. 5.7 km remaining, the gap has grown to 9:28. Fothen joined the three at the front.

2 km remaining, gap is 10:14.
1 km to go.

Daniele Bennati (Lampre) wins Stage 17.

Provisional results:

1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
2 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
3 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r Prévoyance
4 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
5 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2.42
6 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic
7 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas 3.20
8 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
9 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 9.37
10 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
11 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
12 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
13 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram

No changes in the GC.

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