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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Racewatch: Stage 17
Stage 17: Dax - Bordeaux - 181km.

All the Tour de France action as Dutch rider Servais Knaven claims the 17th stage (All times BST).

1534 Knaven comes into the last kilometre of the race and now it is clear that he has timed his attack perfectly and will win the stage.

1526 As leader Knaven rides through the outskirts of Bordeaux, his lead has built to over half a minute. The other eight men from the leading pack need to work together to catch him.

1517 Servais Knaven escapes from the leading group and the pack of 10 is beginning to split up. Ivan Parra has been dropped by the breakaways.

1512 The leaders go under the 25km to go banner - up until now the riders have been working together but will now be thinking about whether to try to attack each other.

1455 The leaders' advantage is creeping up again, as the peloton look to have given up the chase.

1448 The peloton are running out of kilometres if they are to catch the breakaway group, who are in the final 40km of the stage.

1426 The leaders complete the second intermediate sprint: 1 Leon Van Bon (Lotto-Domo) 6pts 2 Bram De Groot (Rabobank) 4pts 3 Christophe Mengin ( 2pts

1416 The leaders have been going a cracking pace over the first half of the race and there are signs that the peloton is beginning to fight its way back into the race.

1354 The first of the two intermediate sprints takes place: 1 Bram De Groot (Rabobank) 6pts 2 Paolo Bossoni (Vini Caldironi) 4pts 3 Servais Knaven (Quick Step) 2pts

1350 The breakaway group passes the 100km mark.

1337 The gap has come down as the peloton - which includes race leader Lance Armstrong and his main rivals in the overall standings - steps up its efforts.

1326 With the gap reaching 16 minutes and less than 100km to go, the peloton, is in danger of losing the leaders for good.

1319 The US Postal team are still marshalling affairs at the head of the peloton but the gap to the leading pack is still growing.

1255 The breakaway group's lead is increasing all the time.

1245 With the peloton now almost six minutes behind, the US Postal team move to the front to lead the chase.

1225 The leading group are approaching the 40km mark with their lead growing all the time - it has now reached five minutes.

1200 The breakaway group - Vincente Garcia Acosta (Ibanesto), Bram De Groot (Rabobank), Salvatore Commesso (Saeco), Mederic Clain (Cofidis), Peter Luttenberger (CSC), Christophe Mengin (, Ivan Parra (Kelme), Servais Knaven (Quick Step), Leon Van Bon (Lotto) and Paolo Bossoni (Vini Caldirola) - are still well clear of the peloton.

1150 The leading group of 10 have built up a lead of 40 seconds. Brioche La Boulangere and are leading the chase.

1130 The 17th stage gets under way and a group of 10 riders launch an attack in the first kilometre.

1120 It should be a good day for the sprinters, who will be sighing with relief now that all the mountain stages of this year's Tour have been completed.

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