Tour de France: Daniele Bennati wins stage 17
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The 188.5 km road stage, from Pau to Castelsarrasin, leaves the mountains behind and turns north towards Paris. This stage has a series of small climbs, but should give those sprinters who have survived the chance to earn some points.
Cofidis team leaves Tour after Moreni fails blood test 
Media sources in France and other countries are discussing whether or not the Tour should be canceled. France Soir called the last 48 hours "a living nightmare" in a mock obituary of the 104-year-old Tour de France.
Rabobank pulled overall-Tour-leader Michael Rasmussen on Wednesday after winning that day's stage for violating team rules on reporting whereabouts during training. The rest of the Rabobank team is still in the Tour.
"Obviously this gives a disastrous image of the Tour de France, but at the same time, if we encourage the organizers, we can clean up French sports and in particular cycling," said French PM François Fillon.
Bradley Wiggins, a British rider for the Cofidis team said, "I don't want to continue in the Tour de France anyway, it is not supposed to be like this."
A public network in Germany has stopped broadcasting the Tour de France, and a Swiss newspaper no longer covers the event. World Anti-Doping Agency vice president Jean-François Lamour said on Wednesday that maybe cycling should no longer be an Olympic discipline.
Stage 17 result 
|1||Daniele Bennati||Lampre-Fondital||4h 14'04"|
|2||Markus Fothen||Team Gerolsteiner||s.t."|
|3||Martin Elmiger||AG2R Prévoyance||s.t."|
|4||Jens Voigt||Team CSC||s.t."|
|5||David Millar||Saunier Duval-Prodir||+2'41"|
|6||Matteo Tosatto||Quick Step-Innergetic||+2'43"|
|9||Tom Boonen||Quick Step-Innergetic||+9'37"|
|10||Sylvain Chavanel||Française des Jeux||s.t."|
General classification after stage 17 
|1||Alberto Contador||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||80h 42' 08"|
|2||Cadel Evans||Predictor-Lotto||+1' 53"|
|3||Levi Leipheimer||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+2' 49"|
|4||Carlos Sastre||Team CSC||+6' 02"|
|5||Haimar Zubeldia||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+6' 29"|
|6||Alejandro Valverde||Caisse d'Epargne||+10' 18"|
|7||Kim Kirchen||T-Mobile Team||+11' 36"|
|8||Yaroslav Popovych||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+12' 50"|
|9||Mauricio Soler||Barloworld||+13' 31"|
|10||Mikel Astarloza||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+13' 42"|
- "French press reacts to Tour scandal" — , July 26, 2007
- AP. "The dope show - French newspaper calls for cancellation of Tour" — , July 26, 2007
- "Contador inherits yellow jersey" — , July 26, 2007
- Andy Nicolson. "Stage sixteen - as it happened" — , July 26, 2007
- "stage 17 - Pau - Castelsarrasin 188.5 km" — , July 26, 2007