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Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Racewatch: Final stage
All the action from the final stage of the Tour de France
Stage 20: Melun to Paris Champs Elysees - 145km

Robbie McEwen takes the final sprint of the Tour de France as Lance Armstrong is crowned overall champion.

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1612: McEwen wins the final sprint just ahead of Australian compatriot Baden Cooke as Lance Armstrong is crowned overall champion.

McEwen wins the green jersey to foil the efforts of Zabel to win a seventh successive points race.

1610: The peloton asserts itself again and a group sprint looks favourite again.

1608: Rumsas escapes again in a last-ditch attempt to rob Beloki of second place overall. There is a 20-second bonus for the winner of this stage.

1605: The final lap gets under way. This stage is now about the battle for the green jersey between McEwen and Zabel.

1604: The stubborn breakaway is reeled in at last and a host of riders are looking for the chance to escape again.

1602: The lead is only 12 seconds now and the prospect of a bunch sprint is very real.

1557: The breakaway is tenaciously holding on to a 20-second gap, but it might not be enough to secure glory in Paris.

1552: The group of Piil, Velo, Dekker, Wauters, Horrillo, Zubeldia, Brognara, Moreni and Halgand lead by 20 seconds, as Telekom hit the front of the flying peloton.

1550: Only three laps of the Champs Elysees separate the 153 remaining Tour riders from a well-deserved rest after 20 gruelling stages.

1546: The margin is only 14 seconds now as Zabel's Telekom team join ONCE at the front of the peloton. Rumsas and Millar have dropped back into the main field.

1542: The 16 leaders are being reeled in by an ONCE-driven peloton, which bodes badly for Rumsas, but may give Zabel renewed hope in the points race.

1540: The peloton are more than 30 seconds behind the leaders, which gives Rumsas a chance of climbing up one step on the Paris podium.

1538: Rumsas is in the chase pack, which has forced ONCE's hand. Their leader Beloki has only a one minute cushion over the Lithuanian in second place overall.

1535: The lead five are ahead of a chasing pack of seven riders with the peloton further adrift. This may play into McEwen's hands in the points race.

1534: Jalabert is riding his last Tour and is getting loud cheers from the crowd as he rides along the Champs Elysees in his polka dot jersey with matching sun glasses.

1530: A breakaway of five riders - that includes the retiring Frenchman Laurent Jalabert and Scotland's Millar - has a gap of 12 seconds to the peloton.

1528: McEwen leads Zabel by three precious points as the final sprint of the Tour looms. David Millar is on the attack.

1525: Punctures seem to be the order of the day, as a succession of riders are forced to change wheels on the Champs Elysees. The pace continues to be fast and furious.

1521: The Lampre team are driving the peloton, while overall leader Lance Armstrong stays out of trouble as he rides towards his fourth-straight victory.

1517: That breakaway is caught but new riders are hitting the front all the time in a bid for glory on the Tour's prestigious final stage.

1512: Five breakaway riders lead the field by 100m as the pace picks up to a lightning-quick 55km per hour.

1508: David Millar has rejoined the peloton after puncturing a tyre on the first lap of the Champs Elysees. There are nine laps to go and the attacks are coming thick and fast.

1503: The US Postal team take all the points in the sprint with Heras, Landis and Joachim leading the way. This means the points dual between Zabel and McEwen will go to the final finish.

1500: The peloton is on the Champs Elysees. Riders are getting ready for the second intermediate sprint of the stage. Meanwhile, the irrepressible Laurent Jalabert launches an attack.

1450: Beloki - in second place overall - punctures, but his team fix on a new wheel and he races back to the peloton, which is fast approaching the streets of Paris.

1434: The procession to Paris resumes. Barring attacks, the next moment of meaningful action will come at the 81km mark when McEwen and Zabel go head to head on the Champs Elysees in the second intermediate sprint.

1422: Robbie McEwen goes early and catches Erik Zabel off guard. The Australian takes the line and six points to extend his lead over Zabel in second to three points. Lotto rider Guennadi Mikhailov picks up two points for third place.

1421: The Telekom team are moving to the front and into position to wind it up for the sprint.

1418: The competitors are just 3.5km from the first sprint of the day, with plenty of riders in position to challenge.

1402: The riders reach the 40km mark, but with 105km still to race there is yet to be any breaks from the front.

1342: The relaxed nature of the final day of the Tour is demonstrated by Alexandre Botcharov. The Telekom rider from Kazakhstan takes off his shoes and goes on riding in his socks, with the temperature continuing to soar.

1331: The riders are nearing the 25km mark and Australia's Robbie McEwen finds company at the front of the peloton in the form of Belgium's Axel Merckx and Dutchman Servais Knaven.

1317: The peloton is in the town of Coubert - 15km into the 144km stage - but none of the riders have displayed any attacking intentions so far.

1312: The non-competitive atmosphere of the final stage's early moments is enhanced as probable winner Lance Armstrong stops to take a drink of champagne.

1258: Lance Armstrong and Robbie Hunter lead the peloton, but in relaxed fashion, ahead of Ivan Basso who is in the white jersey of best young rider.

1256: In keeping with the traditional mood at the start of the final stage, almost everyone is in jovial mood except Robbie McEwen, whose concentration reflects the fact that he has the green jersey still to fight for.

1241: Race director Jean-Marie Leblanc, on his 58th birthday, gets the race started - 16 minutes late. 153 riders set off for Paris in 39 degrees heat.

1233: The final stage of the Tour - which had been due at 1225 - will be late in getting underway with the riders still conducting interviews on the start line.

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