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  Wednesday, 17 July, 2002, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Halgand restores French pride
Patrice Halgand
Halgand made his decisive break with 8km left



Patrice Halgand won a fast-paced 10th stage to become the first French victor at this year's Tour de France.

The Frenchman, riding for Jean Delatout, also won all three of the day's climbs and finished in just over three hours.

His compatriot Jerome Pineau finished second with Ludo Dierckxens of Belgium third.

Spain's Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano retained the overall leader's yellow jersey, while Robbie McEwen overtook Erik Zabel for the green jersey.

But the stage was overshadowed by the death of a seven-year-old boy who was hit by one of Tour's publicity cars.

He was immediately taken to a Bordeaux hospital but failed to recover from his injuries.

At the start of the stage, the riders had set about the 144km course at a blistering speed which barely dropped throughout.

Robbie McEwen beats Erik Zabel to the line in stage 10
Robbie McEwen fought off Erik Zabel at the line
The decisive break came after just under 90 minutes when the leading group of 16 split as five dropped off the back.

The remaining 11 continued to pull clear and enjoyed a three-minute advantage until the final stages.

As the race drew to a close, four riders were in contention.

Among them, Australian Stuart O'Grady looked set to rely on his sprinting power, while Pineau and Dierckxsens awaited an attack.

And it came from Halgand, surprising everyone with approximately eight kilometres to go.

His tactic soon won him a healthy lead, which it quickly became clear he would not relinquish.

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