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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 July, 2005, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Popovych hailed top young rider
Yaroslav Popovych
Lance Armstrong's team-mate Yaroslav Popovych picked up the white jersey for the leading rider under the age of 26 in the Tour de France.

The Ukrainian rider, who Armstrong has tipped as a future Tour winner, finished a little over nine minutes ahead of Andrey Kaschechkin.

Third place went to Alberto Contador, who has also been tipped by Armstrong as a potential Tour champion.

Vladimir Karpets, who had been expected to feature highly, only managed sixth.


Finals standings:
1. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery 86hrs 34mins 04secs
2. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole at 9mins 2secs
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty-Seguros at 44:23
4. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina-Vacanze at 59:24
5. Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouyges-Telecom at 1:12:36
6. Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Ibanesto at 1:24:43
7. David Arroyo (Spa) Ibanesto at 1:35:10
8. Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quickstep at 1:48.46
9. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Francaise des Jeux at 1:48.46
10. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise des Jeux at 2:04.58



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