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Stage 18: Two Days left To Paris

Cluses / Bourg-en-Bresse 176.5 km

It was a relatively peaceful day as the yellow peloton was content to conserve its energy, think about their arrival in Paris in 2 days, and let a small group of glory seekers bid for the day’s win. With the race for overall basically complete and a flatter rolling stage , the script was perfect for an early breakaway.

The day was won by Credit Agricole’s Thor Hushovd, who beat Christophe Mengin (FDJ) and Jacob Piil (CSC) in the final sprint, after Piil blew out of his pedals in the final meters. The trio were part of the predictable break that escaped after 4 km, included 7 other riders, and gained up to 11 minutes on the road.

The main bunch was led in by Robbie McEwan, who took a fierce sprint over Erik Zabel and also the sprinters green jersey by 1 point. The green jersey race will surely be decided on the Champs d’Ellysees on Sunday, and is pretty much the only thing we have left to look forward to.

Results Stage 18
1. HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 4h 28′ 28″
2. MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 00′ 00″
3. PIIL Jakob DEN CST 00′ 05″
4. VAN BON Leon NED DFF 00′ 33″
5. JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 00′ 33″
6. SORENSEN Nicki DEN CST 00′ 33″
7. FAGNINI Gian Matteo ITA TEL 00′ 40″
8. DEKKER Erik NED RAB 00′ 40″
9. LODER Thierry FRA A2R 00′ 40″
10. LODA Nicola ITA FAS 06′ 59″

Overall After Stage 18
1. ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 77h 30′ 35″
2. BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 05′ 06″
3. RUMSAS Raimondas LTU LAM 07′ 24″
4. BOTERO Santiago COL KEL 10′ 59″
5. AZEVEDO Josй POR ONE 12′ 08″
7. MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 12′ 28″
8. HERAS Roberto ESP USP 12′ 54″
9. LEIPHEIMER Levy USA RAB 13′ 58″
10. SASTRE Carlos ESP CST 14′ 49″

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