Tour de France '07 Stage 17: Pau - Castelsarrasin

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Bennati takes Lampre's first stage win as the breakaway couldn't shake the sprinter from their midst. Fothen scored a good second-place victory for Gerolsteiner as he led out the final sprint. Voigt attempted to jump for the win with a couple miles to go, but Bennati nullified his effort and he seemed to shake his head in the final mile as if to say that was all that was left in the legs.

Boonen had little trouble taking the field sprint to solidify his green jersey lead.

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CyclingNews Stage 17 Preview: After the mountains come, the rolling hills from Pau to Castelsarrasin that will see the opportunistic riders take their last chance for a stage by going on the attack. With five lower category climbs across upper Gascony certain to provoke attacks, a break should make it home across the hot, dry plains of Haute-Garonne west of Toulouse to Castelsarrasin.

My prediction: Boonen, though I already know that Voigt is in a break

Versus picks

  • Paul: Boonen
  • Bob: Hunter
  • Phil: Zabel

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