Wednesday, July 20, 2005


TdF Stage 17: Discovery Channel Again!

PAOLO SAVOLDELLI MAKES IT THREE FOR DISCOVERY. It took seven years for the first Lance Armstrong team member to win a stage of the Tour de France. It took just two days for the second teammate to win a stage. Discovery Channel's Paolo Savoldelli, a two-time winner of the prestigious Giro d'Italia, led an early breakway group over the line of the Tour's longest stage (over 234 kilometers). Savoldelli's group of 17 finished over 22 minutes ahead of the peloton and the maillot jaune. But even with that gap there were few changes in the top ten: Alexandre Vinokourov moved up to 7th place by gaining 20 seconds over Cadel Evans (8th) and Floyd Landis (9th). No change in the jersies: Lance maintains his 2'46" GC lead over second-place Ivan Basso; Michael Rasmussen clings to the polka-dot mountains jersey; Thor Hushovd still wears green; and Discovery Channel's Yaroslav Popovych wear's the white youth maillot.

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