July 24, 2003
Somewhat misleading headline on the daily New York Times Tour report by Samuel Abt, unless 12 miles qualifies as a sprint. Abt's story, of course, knows better, but the headline writer couldn't bring himself/herself to read the whole story before writing the headline....
Even among the 10 fugitives there was no sprint. Servais Knaven, a Dutchman with Quick Step, left his companions behind with 18 kilometers to go and cruised across the line, grinning and exulting, 17 seconds clear of competition.
Second was Paolo Bossoni, an Italian with Vini Caldirola, and Christophe Mengin, a Frenchman with fdjeux.com, was third. The main pack, including all the leaders, finished 8 minutes 6 seconds behind and there was no change atop the standings, led by Lance Armstrong as he seeks his fifth successive Tour victory.