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