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July 08, 2004

O'Grady the stage; Voeckler takes yellow

The first successful breakaway (take that, Al Trautwig!) of this year's Tour de France puts a Frenchman in yellow, as Thomas Voeckler of Brioches la Boulangere puts on the maillot jaune.

Australia's Stuart O'Grady of Cofidis showed great road smarts, matching a series of attacks from Voeckler, then sprinting off the wheel of Magnus Backstedt from a long way out.

The field came in about 12 minutes back. Robbie McEwen is likely to keep his green jersey, winning the field sprint for 6th place sprint points. Voeckler will hold the white jersey, but it will continue to be worn by Matthias Kessler.

Stage Top 5:

1) O'Grady
2) Jakob Piil (CSC)
3) Sandy Casar (Fdjeux.com)
4) Voeckler (Brioches la Boulangere)
5) Magnus Backstedt (Alessio-Bianchi)

With the GC still pretty close before the stage, these guys will take over the general classification, as well:

1) Voeckler
2) O'Grady at 3:13
3) Sandy Casar at 4:06
4) Magnus Backstedt at 6:03
5) Jakob Piil at 6:58
6) Lance Armstrong at 9:35
7) George Hincapie at 9:45

Full results are up over at RoadCycling.com.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 8, 2004 in Lance Armstrong 2004, Magnus Backstedt, Stage results, Stuart O'Grady, Thomas Voeckler, Top Stories | Permalink

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