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NotTheRealSteveWest

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The lead group is four men:

Sastre

Verdugo

Soler and

Mayo.

 

They are 25km from the end of the 16th stage and 1 min in the lead....

 

Rasmussen's team are dominant...

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Westy seems to have given up, which is ironic as the tour had its biggest shock yesterday...

 

RASMUSSEN OUT !

He lied to his team about whgere he has be jetting off to and they dropped him

 

CONFIDIS TEAM OUT !

Cristian Moreni failed a test and they pulled their whole team, inc. Bradley Wiggins....

 

bad bad times for Le tour, but it's good in a way that teams are acting like this....showing up the selfish drug cheats and making them responsible for their whole team....

 

Stage 17 today (4 to go, one of which is a time trial)

 

Leaders...

 

1. CONTADOR Alberto 2 mins clear of

2. EVANS Cadel 1 min clear of

3. LEIPHEIMER Levi 4 mins clear of

4. SASTRE Carlos then

5. ZUBELDIA Haimar

6. VALVERDE Alejandro 4 mins behind Zubeldia

 

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12:00 - The official start for the stage is given at 12:00 BST. 142 riders are still in the race. The seven remaining members of the Cofidis team (Bradley Wiggins, Staf Schierlinkx, Sylvain Chavanel, Stephane Augé, Cristian Moreni, Nick Nuyens and Rik Verbrugghe) are not at the start, nor is Michael Rasmussen.

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175km - A counter-attack has come from a group of eleven riders. Nicolas Portal, Chris Horner, Simon Gerrans, Amets Txurruka, Bossoni, Stefan Schumacher, Jerome Pineau, THomas Voeckler, Lilian Jégou, Benoit Vaugrenard, and Carlos Barredo all put their foot down, but are rapidly hauled back in by the peloton.

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166km - Here's how the cross the first climb of the day, the category three Côte de Baleix: 1. Matteo Tosatto (Quickstep) 4 pts; 2 Jens Voigt (CSC) 3 pts; 3 Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) 2 pts; 4 Daniele Righi (Lampre) 1 pt. 1'10" is the latest split back to the peloton.

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150km - It has been announced that Simon Gerrans, is to leave the Ag2r team to switch to Credit Agricole at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Patrice Halgand, Jimmy Engoulvent, Dmitriy Fofonov and Russia's Alexandre Botcharov have extended their contract with Credit Agricole.

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134km - Here's how they go over the top of the Côte de Villecomtal: 1. Fothen, 3pts; 2. Tosatto, 2pts; 3. Elmiger, 1 pt. The Discovery Channel and Caisse d'Epargne teams are leading the chase in the peloton, and the gap ahs fallen back down to 1'30".

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118km - Fothen, Millar and co. may have picked up a few points here and there over these little climbs, but they are certainly no danger to the man in the polkadot jersey, Juan Mauricio Soler. The Barloworld rider has 206 points, 78 more than his nearest rival, race leader Alberto Contador.

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