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Tom Boonen leads the Tour de France

July 3, 2005 at 4:35 PM

LES ESSARTS, France, July 3 (UPI) -- Belgian Tom Boonen led the Tour de France Sunday with American Lance Armstrong in second place overall.

Boonen finished with a time of 3 hours, 51 minutes and 31 seconds, edging Norway's Thor Hushovd at the end of the 112-mile trek -- from Challans to Les Essarts, along France's western coastline before turning north for the final 50 miles.

Armstrong finished 63rd in the second stage and remains in second place overall behind American David Zabriskie.

Zabriskie, who posted the fastest time trial in tour history in first stage, finished 71st at the end of Stage 2.

Hungarian Laszlo Bodrogi moved into third place overall after finishing fifth in Stage 1.

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