McEwen captures 13th stage of Tour

July 15, 2005 at 1:58 PM
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PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Australian Robbie McEwen Friday captured the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 107.6 mile stretch from Miramas to Montpiellier.

McEwen, who captured his third stage victory of this year's tour, edged out archrival Stuart O'Grady in a mad sprint at the finish to earn the win with a time of 3:43.14. Americans Fred Rodriguez and Guito Trenti finished third and fourth,

Six-time defending champion Lance Armstrong finished as part of the pack and maintained his overall lead of 38 seconds over Denmark's Michael Rasmussen.

Frenchman Christophe Moreau remains in third overall, but trails Armstrong by 2 minutes and 34 seconds.

Spain's Alejandro Valverde, who had been fifth overall, dropped out of the race midway through the 13th stage because of an inflamed left knee. The Tour goes back into the mountains as the riders head to the Pyrenees Saturday.

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