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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 July, 2003, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Armstrong wins fifth Tour

All the action as it happens from the final stage of the Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong wins his record-equalling fifth consecutive Tour de France title.

He beats closest rival Jan Ullrich by 76 seconds.

Baden Cooke edges out Australian compatriot Robbie McEwen by two points to win the green jersey for the best points scorer on the Tour.

  • Earlier in the day Tour organisers announced that an unnamed rider has tested positive for the banned substance EPO.

    The identity of the competitor, who is not one of the race leaders, is being withheld because he has asked for a second follow-up test which has yet to be carried out.


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    1618 Baden Cooke wins the battle of the Australians to claim the green jersey by two points from compatriot Robbie McEwen.

    The two were literally shoulder to shoulder in the final sprint down the Champs Elysees, with Cooke beating McEwen by about an inch to finish second on the stage and win the points competition.

    1618 Lance Armstrong wins his fifth consecutive Tour de France as Jean-Patrick Nazon wins the final stage in a mass sprint.

    It will take a photo finish to separate points jersey contenders Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen.

    1615 The peloton is all back together and the race will finish with a mass sprint.

    1612 Inside the final lap and the leading group leads by just eight seconds.

    1605 They have started the penultimate lap and the gap to the leading group has been cut to 17 seconds.

    1555 There are now 20km (12.4 miles) left to the finish.

    1549 Laszlo Bodrogi is one of a group of eight riders who have broken away and are over 40 seconds clear of the peloton.

    1539 Attacks are coming thick and fast but they are being reeled in without too much trouble.

    1526 US Postal are back on the front of the peloton with seven laps to go. There is probably now just less than an hour to go in the 2003 Tour de France. The sun is back out and conditions are dry.

    1515 Robbie McEwen takes the second intermediate sprint from Baden Cooke to shore up his lead in the race for the green jersey awarded to the points winner.

    The win means he is once again two points ahead of Cooke, who won the first sprint from McEwen.

    1508 Light rain has started to fall in Paris, which could make the final sprint very interesting.

    1454 Seven riders had jumped off the front but they are hunted down by the US Postal team of leader Lance Armstrong.

    1441 FDJeux.com are on the front of the peloton as the race begins to pick up pace.

    1419 Lance Armstrong toasts his imminent success with a glass of champagne as the peloton cruises along the streets of Paris.

    1413 The peloton is in Paris and is riding along the banks of the River Seine.

    1352 There has been no action in the peloton yet as the riders take the chance to enjoy the final stages of what has been a thrilling three weeks.

    1320 After a wet start to the day the sun is now shining and the riders are in good spirits, taking the chance to have their pictures taken riding alongside leader Lance Armstrong.

    1244 The 147 remaining riders begin the final stage, which will end on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

    Uwe Peschel, who broke a rib when he crashed during Saturday's time trial, does not start after pulling out.





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