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Tour de France Saturday, 25 July, 1998, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Nardello escapes the pack
NArdello wins
A delighted Daniele Nardello wins his first stage
Daniele Nardello of Italy, riding for Mapei, won the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, edging out five others in a thrilling sprint to the line.

Spain's Vicente Garcia-Acosta finished second with Italian Andrea Tafi third in the 196 km race from Frontignan to Carpentras which took the riders from the Mediterranean to the foot of the Alps.

However 26-year-old Nardello who turned professional in 1994 just did enough to claim his first stage win on the Tour de France.

The main peleton containing all the race leaders rolled through the Provence countryside arriving home some three minutes behind.

Germany's Jan Ullrich of Telekom retains his overall lead, 71 seconds ahead of American Bobby Julich.

Laurent Jalabert of France and Marco Pantani of Italy are third, 3min 01sec adrift.

A decisive 12-man break more than 140km out proved decisive with the front six escaping on the slopes of the 622m Col de Murs in the last 10 km.

Telekom team 'clean'

Jan Ullrich
Jan Ullrich has offered his race winnings to help tighten doping controls
Meanwhile, Tour de France leader Jan Ullrich's trainer told a German radio station on Saturday that Ullrich was totally against doping and that no illegal substances had been taken by the Deutsche Telekom team.

"I can say with all confidence that the boys from the Team Deutsche Telekom are clean," Peter Becker, a former East German cycling coach, told SFB radio.

Ullrich said on Friday he would contribute any winnings towards tightening controls on the use of performance-enhancing substances in the race.


Sunday's 14th stage is186 km from Valeras to Grenoble.


There are three climbs for the riders but the next stage is not seen as a true climbing stage and is thought unlikely to produce any race-changing result.

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