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AUSTRALIAN WINS STAGE, ULLRICH RETAINS LEAD

Australian Neil Stephens captured the 17th stage of the Tour de France as the race re-entered France. Jan Ullrich of Germany stayed in the overall lead.

Richard Virenque of France held onto second place in the overall standings.

Stephens was part of a 13-rider breakaway that built up a seven-minute advantage over the main pack, including Ullrich and Virenque.

With 3 miles to go in the 136-mile stage from Fribourg, Switzerland to Colmar, Stephens took off by himself and held a small lead at the end. The main pack came in almost four minutes behind.

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