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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 July, 2004, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
McEwen wins green jersey
Robbie McEwen
Robbie McEwen shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on the stage victory in Paris by securing the Tour de France's green jersey.

The 32-year-old Australian outsprinted nearest rival Thor Hushovd to wrap up the points prize on the Champs Elysees.

Richard Virenque did not contest the day's only climb but had already sealed his record-breaking seventh King of the Mountains title and the polka dot vest.

Vladimir Karpets prevailed in the white jersey competition as best young rider.

The Russian fought off stiff competition from second-placed Sandy Casar and from French hero Thomas Voeckler, who had been in yellow for more than a week earlier in the Tour.

Last year on the Champs Elysees I had a nightmare but this year it was perfect
Robbie McEwen

Another local favourite Virenque was uncharacteristically quiet on the last day, but he was also crowned the most combative rider of the 2004 Tour.

McEwen, meanwhile, insisted that the points prize was the only thing on his mind on Sunday - and not the final sprint, which was won by Tom Boonen.

"Green is my favourite colour," he said. "I didn't sprint to try and win but concentrated on winning the green jersey.

"Last year on the Champs Elysees I had a nightmare but this year it was perfect."




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