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Thursday, 20 July, 2000, 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK
Brotherton's Tour moment
Commesso
Commesso enjoys his victory
BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Brotherton believes Salvatore Commesso is the sort of character cycling needs after his victory on stage 18.

A five-man break gained an advantage of 27 minutes and 40 seconds on the road - the longest gap of the entire race.

With the big-hitters trying to take things easy ahead of Friday's time trial, a break was always likely on such a long day - and so it proved.

Nonetheless, 243 kilometres in the lead of a race takes some effort and chubby-cheeked Neopolitan Commesso deserved his victory, having been active on several stages of this year's race.

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