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Italy's Tosatto wins 18th stage of Tour

July 21, 2006 at 12:49 PM

MACON, France, July 21 (UPI) -- Italy's Matteo Tosatto sprinted ahead of countryman Cristian Moreni to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France but the overall race leader remained unchanged.

Tosatto completed Friday's 118-mile leg from Morzine to Macon, France, in 4 hours, 16 minutes and 15 seconds. Moreni was second and Ronny Scholtz of Germany third.

Spanish cyclist Oscar Pereiro finished in 25th place -- 8 minutes behind Tosatto -- but retained the yellow jersey of the tour's overall leader with two stages of the 2006 race to be ridden.

Carlos Sastre of Spain was second overall, 12 seconds behind Pereiro, followed by American Floyd Landis, 30 seconds off the pace. Landis could make up the deficit in Saturday's 33.6-mile time trial.

The Tour de France wraps up on Sunday with a 91-mile ride ending along Paris' Champs Elysees.

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