Savoldelli wins 17th stage of 2005 Tour de France

20th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

REVEL, France, July 20 (AFP) - Paolo Savoldelli of the Discovery Channel team won the Tour de France 17th stage held over 239.5km between Pau and here Wednesday.

REVEL, France, July 20 (AFP) - Paolo Savoldelli of the Discovery Channel team won the Tour de France 17th stage held over 239.5km between Pau and here Wednesday.

His team-mate and race leader Lance Armstrong and all the main challengers for the yellow jersey still had to come over the finish line and had a 20 minute deficit to the stage leaders.

The American, however, will be celebrating again. Savoldelli is the second member of the Discovery Channel team to win a stage on the race following George Hincapie's win on the second day in the Pyrenees on Sunday.

Savoldelli, the reigning Tour of Italy champion, held off Norwegian Kurt-Asle Arvesen of CSC in a two-man sprint to the finish line.

Both riders had been part of an eight-man group which had broken away from a larger group with less than 25km to finish. The original 17-man breakaway group had formed at the 38km mark and were allowed to build a solid lead on the peloton.

© AFP

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