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Last Updated: Friday, 23 July 2004, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Tour de France stage 18 photos

France's Thomas Voeckler

France's Thomas Voeckler, holder of the white jersey for the best young rider, smiles at the start of stage 18 in Annemass

Swiss Martin Elmiger

Switzerland's Martin Elmiger is the first rider to breakaway from the pack as his early sprint gives him a brief lead

Australia's Allan Davis followed by Belgian Marc Wauters

A series of breakaways follow with Australia's Allan Davis and Belgium's Marc Wauters two of the riders to set the pace

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong and his US Postal colleagues hold their usual position at the front of the peloton

Lance Armstrong

But Armstrong surprises the field by leaving the peloton to launch a breakaway of his own

Italy's Filippo Simeoni and Lance Armstrong

Italy's Filippo Simeoni goes on the attack but fails to get the better of Armstrong

Juan Miguel Mercado and Vincente Garcia-Acosta

After the lead swaps hands on many occasions the race comes down to a sprint finish

Juan Miguel Mercado

Spain's Juan Miguel Mercado narrowly claims a thrilling victory ahead of his compatriot Vincente Garcia-Acosta



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