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July 24, 2003

Stage 17: Servais Knaven foils the sprinters

Riding away from a 10-man breakaway at the 17-km mark, 7-time Dutch Tour rider Servais Knaven won the 17th stage of the 2003 Tour de France. The finish in Bordeaux was the first career stage win for the QuickStep-Davitamon rider.

Robbie McEwen won the field sprint, over Erik Zabel and Baden Cooke, further tightening the race for the green jersey. The field came in 8:07 behind Knaven. Cooke now leads by just 6 pts.

The flat stage favored the sprinters, but a number of teams put riders in an early breakaway that posed little overall threat, and the group, which included 4 riders with past Tour stage wins, stayed away to the end.

Stage top 10:

1) Servais Knaven (QuickStep-Davitamon)
2) Paolo Bossoni @ :17
3) Christophe Mengin @ same time
4) Leon Van Bon @ s.t.
5) Salvatore Commesso @ s.t.
6) Vincente Garcia Acosta @ s.t.
7) Peter Luttenberger @ s.t.
8) Mederic Clain @ s.t.
9) Bram De Groot @ s.t.
10) Ivan Parra @ 1:55

Posted by Frank Steele on July 24, 2003 | Permalink

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