Tour de France: Armstrong wins 17th stage

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22 July 2004, LE GRAND BORNAND - Lance Armstrong retained his grip on the 2004 Tour de France as he won Thursday's 17th stage, his third consecutive victory in succession, with Germany’s Andreas Kloeden finishing second.

22 July 2004

LE GRAND BORNAND - Lance Armstrong retained his grip on the 2004 Tour de France as he won Thursday's 17th stage, his third consecutive victory in succession, with Germany’s Andreas Kloeden finishing second.

Armstrong was part of a five-man group that had taken the lead on the final of five tough Alpine climbs and was led up the mountain by his US Postal teammate Floyd Landis.

Armstrong then caught German Andreas Kloeden in a sprint on the final straightaway to take a dramatic victory. His time for the gruelling 204.5-km course from Le Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand was 6:11.52 hours.

Kloeden finished second, with fellow German Jan Ullrich placing third.

Armstrong retained his commanding lead in the overall standings, and is now three days away from becoming the first cyclist to win the Tour de France six times.

Friday's 18th stage, 166.5 km from Annemasse to Lons le Saunier, has four modest climbs and should pose no problems for the American. The Tour ends 25 July in Paris.

DPA

Subject: German news

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