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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 10:17 GMT 11:17 UK
Tour de France - stage 18 photos

Discovery Channel's Alberto Contador begins Friday's stage

Alberto Contador wears the yellow jersey for Friday's 211km stage which includes four category 4 climbs and two sprints

Barloworld's Mauricio Soler is the current wearer of the polka dot jersey

Colombian rider Mauricio Soler will hope to extend his already healthy lead in the race to be named King of the Mountains

Cycling fans line the course

Despite the doping problems surrounding the race, cycling fans still turn out in large numbers to cheer their heroes

A butterfly lands on a flower as the leading riders pass

The early leaders pass through some beautiful countryside on their way from Cahors to Angouleme

Riders pass an inflatable Tweety Pie

However, not all the roadside scenery that the peloton travels past is quite as traditional

Frederick Willems receives treatment after his crash

Having won the first climb, Frederick Willems collides with a stray dog and loses his place among the frontrunners

Laurent Lefevre, Sandy Casar, Axel Merckx and Michael Boogerd break from the peloton

Laurent Lefevre, Sandy Casar, Axel Merckx and Michael Boogerd breakaway at 36km and gradually extend their lead

Boogerd is competing in his last Tour de France

With the race into its latter stages, Boogerd gets a puncture but the other three sportingly wait for him to catch up

Casar punches the air as he wins stage 18

Casar breaks with 2.5km to go and manages to hold off his opponents to win the stage in 5hrs 13min 31secs

Contador has a lead of one minute 50 seconds at the end of stage 18

Contador retains the yellow jersey but sees Cadel Evans reduce his lead to one minute 50 seconds



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