July 25, 2003
American Lance Armstrong's race lead over arch-rival Jan Ullrich was dented when the German unexpectedly took part in an intermediate sprint, forcing the four-times Tour champion to react.
Australian Robbie McEwen won the sprint but Ullrich was second and Armstrong third.
As a result, the German took two seconds off the Texan to trail him by 65 seconds before a decisive 49-km time trial between Pornic and Nantes on Saturday.
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