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Tour Notes

Andrew Hood

– Today’s stage – The 2003 Tour de France continues today with the 112-mile 17th stage from Dax to Bordeaux, a route that typically ends in a bunch sprint.

– American sweep – Tyler Hamilton’s victory fell on the heels of Armstrong’s win in Monday’s stage and marks the first time two American riders have won stages back to back in the Tour. The Tour took a rest day Tuesday.

– American wins – Hamilton’s victory puts him in elite company just five other American to win a Tour stage: Greg Lemond, Jeff Pierce, Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney and Lance Armstrong.

– Close Tours – The 2003 Tour is coming down to a nail-biter, but it likely won’t be the closest in Tour history. That distinction goes to American Greg Lemond, who erased a 50-second margin in a final-day time trial to win the 1989 Tour over Frenchman Laurent Fignon by just 8 seconds, the narrowest margin in Tour history. The second-closest margin was in 1968 when Jan Jannsen beat Herman Van Springel by 38 seconds; Irishman Stephen Roche beat Pedro Delgado by just 40 seconds in 1987 for the third-closest margin.

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