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Tour de France Stage 17 Tour of Texas Podcast

Hear all about Lance Armstrong and Discovery Team Paolo Savoldelli winning the 17th stage at Tour de France; Armstrong gets his 79th yellow jersey

On today’s Tour of Texas Podcast TDF Stage 17

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Austin, Texas – Lance Armstrong marked another milestone in his Tour de France career by claiming his 79th race leader’s yellow jersey Wednesday in a stage won by teammate Paolo Savoldelli.

Armstrong tied French great Bernard Hinault. Only Eddy Merckx, with 111, has won more yellow jerseys. Merckx, Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Jacques Anquetil all won five Tours – a record Armstrong surpassed last year.

Savoldelli’s victory on stage 17, the longest this year, was the third for Armstrong’s Discovery Channel team at this Tour. George Hincapie won a stage in the Pyrenees and the squad won the team time trial. Armstrong has not won an individual stage.

Savoldelli was part of a breakaway group that built up a lead of more than 24 minutes over Armstrong’s following pack. Because the riders ahead were no threat to his overall lead, Armstrong did not give chase

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