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Stage Stats: Stage 18 by the numbers

WeatherSunny to partly sunny all day, highs 30-34C Stage winnerMatteo Tosatto (Quick Step), 4h16:15, 46.127kph – The Italian veteran edged compatriot Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) and Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner) in a three-up sprint after counter-attacking a 15-man breakaway that pulled away about 50km into the transition stage over the Jura Mountains of eastern France. It was the first stage-win for Italy and Tosatto’s Quick Step team. Race leaderOscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne), 3,445.8km, 84h33:04, 40.748kph – There were no major changes in the top 12. American Levi Leipheimer

Morzine to Macon, 197km

By Andrew Hood

Stage Stats: Stage 18 by the numbers

Stage Stats: Stage 18 by the numbers

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Weather
Sunny to partly sunny all day, highs 30-34C

Stage winner
Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step), 4h16:15, 46.127kph – The Italian veteran edged compatriot Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) and Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner) in a three-up sprint after counter-attacking a 15-man breakaway that pulled away about 50km into the transition stage over the Jura Mountains of eastern France. It was the first stage-win for Italy and Tosatto’s Quick Step team.

Race leader
Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne), 3,445.8km, 84h33:04, 40.748kph – There were no major changes in the top 12. American Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) jumped from 18th to 13th after working into the day’s winning break.

Green jersey
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) saw his lead increase yet again after second-place Oscar Freire (Rabobank) did not start. He also snagged the final points in the day’s first intermediate sprint and now leads former six-time green jersey winner Erik Zabel (Milram), 254-175.

Stage Stats: Stage 18 by the numbers

Stage Stats: Stage 18 by the numbers

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King of the Mountains
The day’s break gobbled up the points on the day’s there rated climbs and there were no major changes to the King of the Mountains competition. Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) leads 163-131 points to Floyd Landis (Phonak).

Best Young Rider
Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ) won the day while Damiano Cunego (Lampre) retained his five-second advantage to Marcus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) going into Saturday’s TT.

Best team
Gerolsteiner was best on the day and T-Mobile retains its hold on the overall team’s classification, 10:03 ahead of Team CSC.

Most aggressive rider
Leipheimer won kudos from the eight-member panel with an attack to look for his “place of honor.”

Lanterne Rouge
Wim Vansevenant (Davitamon-Lotto) retained his last place, 141st at 3h50:36

The peloton
141 riders – Winner of two stages Oscar Freire (Rabobank) DNS; David Lopez Garcia (Euskaltel) DNF

Medical report
Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r) cramps Alexandre Moos (Phonak) headache Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) headache David Lopez Garcia (Euskaltel) digestive problems Manuel Calvente (Ag2r) digestive problems Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas) perennial problems Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre) right knee pain

Jury decisions
Walter Beneteau (Bouygues Telecom) awarded same time as main bunch after flatting in final 2.8km all rider must check bikes with UCI commissaires 15 minutes before depart of Saturday’s TT.

Forecast
Sunday to partly sunny, highs in mid-30s

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