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Tour de France Monday, 27 July, 1998, 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK
O'Grady 'in Disneyland'
sprint finish 14th stage
Stuart O'Grady (left) sneaked victory on the line
Australian Stuart O'Grady, a yellow jersey wearer for three days earlier in the race, grabbed victory on the finish line in the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

O'Grady was part of a six-man breakaway that left the pack early in the day and just edged out Italian Giuseppe Calcaterra with a late lunge for the line.

Calcaterra was later dropped down to sixth in the standings after moving into O'Grady on the line.

Portuguese rider Orlando Rodrigues was awarded second place in the 186.5km run from Valreas to Grenoble.

Jan Ullrich
Last year's winner Jan Ullrich retains his lead
Germany's Jan Ullrich still retains his overall lead in the race, 71 seconds ahead of American Bobby Julich as the major favourites conserved their strength with the Alps looming over the next three days.

With a world title in team sprinting and Olympic medals on the track, O'Grady should have been strong at the finish.

The 24-year-old was delighted at winning saying that the tour "was just like being in Disneyland".

"I knew if it came down to a sprint, they would be watching for me," O'Grady said.

"But I didn't want to have done all that work in the break and have the win go to someone else."

Drugs latest

Another chapter in the doping scandal is expected to unfold on Monday.

The Dutch TVM team's director and doctor - in jail over the weekend - will be brought to Reims for further investigations concerning a drug seizure in the car of one of its officials in March.

Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc has said he will throw the TVM team out of the Tour, as he did with the Festina team, if there is evidence of prohibited drugs being used by the team.


Monday sees the riders tackle the 186.5km 15th stage from Valreas to Grenoble, featuring three tough climbs - the Montagne de la Serie, the Puy-Saint-Martin and the Col du Rousset.

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