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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July 2003, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Tour de France stage 17 photos

Dutchman Servais Knaven starts to break away from the pack as he is followed by Leon van Bon

Dutch riders Servais Knaven and Leon van Bon start an early breakaway from the peloton in the flat stage from Dax and Bordeaux

Spain's Vicente Garcia Acosta rides in front of Italian Salvatore Commesso (left) and Colombian Ivan Parra

The Dutchmen are caught by Spain's Vicente Garcia Acosta and a small pocket of riders who quickly build a substantial lead

The pack, with overall leader Lance Armstrong (fourth from right) rides through a pine forest outside Rion-des-Landes

Overall leader Lance Armstrong rides in the peloton as they pass through a pine forest outside Rion-des-Landes

Frenchman Mederic Clain leads the breakaway, followed by Frenchman Christophe Mengin

France's Mederic Clain hits the front of the breakaway group as the gap between them and the peloton grows to 16 minutes

Austria's Georg Totschnig

Austria's Georg Totschnig rides alone as dark clouds float menacingly above the numerous vineyards in the Bordeaux region

American cycling fan Dore Holte waves the US Postal Service flag

A fan of the US Postal team runs alongside Armstrong and the peloton as they try to narrow the gap on the leaders

The US Postal team ride through a forest on their way to Bordeaux

The peloton reduce the gap to 10 minutes but their chances of making any more ground on the leaders look slim

Dutch Servais Knaven starts to break away from the leading group

With 18 kilometres to go Knaven shows a burst of speed to open up a sizable gap between himself the breakaway group

Servais Knaven celebrates his win

Knaven shows his delight as he crosses the line ahead of Paolo Bossoni and Christophe Mengin to claim his first ever stage win

Lance Armstrong celebrates on the podium

Armstrong retains the yellow jersey as his closest rivals Jan Ullrich and Alexandre Vinokourov finish with him in the peloton




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