Archive for Friday, July 26, 2002

Armstrong retains huge lead

Italy’s Frigo wins 17th stage of Tour de France

July 26, 2002

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— Italian rider Dario Frigo won Thursday's 17th stage of the Tour de France, while Lance Armstrong kept the overall leader's yellow jersey and remained almost certain to take a fourth straight title on Sunday.

Lance Armstrong leads the pack during the 17th stage of the Tour de
France. Dario Frigo of Italy won Thursday's stage, but Armstrong
maintained his overall lead.

Lance Armstrong leads the pack during the 17th stage of the Tour de France. Dario Frigo of Italy won Thursday's stage, but Armstrong maintained his overall lead.

Thursday's leg was the last of the grueling mountain stages. The remaining three legs are easier and give rivals almost no opportunity to cut Armstrong's big lead of 5 minutes, 6 seconds.

The Texan finished the stage from Aime to Cluses in 24th place, 4 minutes, 36 seconds behind Frigo, who clocked 4:02:27 in the 88-mile stage.

"I showed that when there are stages at my level, I can make my presence felt," said Frigo, who never before had won a Tour stage.

He beat Belgian rider Mario Aerts in a blistering sprint finish. Aerts had the same time as Frigo, while another Italian, Giuseppe Guerini, was third, two seconds off the pace.

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