Robbie McEwen wins Tour de France's fifth stage

6th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

MONTARGIS, France, July 6 (AFP) - Australian Robbie McEwen, of the Davitamon team, won his first stage of this year's Tour de France in the 183km sixth stage between Chambord and here Wednesday erasing memories of his disqualification from third place in Monday's stage.

MONTARGIS, France, July 6 (AFP) - Australian Robbie McEwen, of the Davitamon team, won his first stage of this year's Tour de France in the 183km sixth stage between Chambord and here Wednesday erasing memories of his disqualification from third place in Monday's stage.

The 33-year-old held off Belgian ace Tom Boonen - the winner of two stages in the race this year already - by creeping past the Quick Step sprinter a few metres before the finish line.

It was his sixth stage victory in the race and boosts his bid for the points classification's green jersey, which he has won twice.

Norwegian champion Thor Hushovd came third behind Boonen, who nevertheless reinforced his lead in the points classification.

American Lance Armstrong retained the race leader's yellow jersey he took after his Discovery Channel team's victory in the team time trial on Tuesday.

Armstrong, however, had to be convinced to wear the jersey by the race organisers.

The six-time Tour de France winner had shown up at the start with his normal team jersey in a bid to pay tribute to fellow American David Zabriskie, who lost the jersey in a dramatic crash in CSC's team time trial effort.

© AFP

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