Rasmussen extends lead as he takes 16th stage

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

GOURETTE, France, July 25, 2007 (AFP) - Danish rider Michael Rasmussen won the 16th stage of the Tour de France here on Wednesday, a 218.5 kilometres ride from Orthez to the Col de l'Aubisque.

GOURETTE, France, July 25, 2007 (AFP) - Danish rider Michael Rasmussen won the 16th stage of the Tour de France here on Wednesday, a 218.5 kilometres ride from Orthez to the Col de l'Aubisque.

Rasmussen also extended his lead in the overall standings - he leads Spanish rival Alberto Contador by 3 minutes 10 seconds while third-placed Australian Cadel Evans lost more time as he is now 5:03 adrift.

The Dane, impervious seemingly to the furore over his racing here because of missing four dope tests over the past two years, came home 24sec ahead of American Levi Leipheimer while Contador trailed in 35sec behind the stage winner.

The stage had begun with a protest by eight teams, six French and two German, over their distaste for the persistent scandals over doping which saw Alexandre Vinokourov thrown out of the race on Tuesday after failing a test for blood doping - his team Astana withdrew after a request from the race organisers.

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