The 17th stage was marked by a lot of aggression on the first climb of the day, which eventually saw Danielson escape with Sergio Paulinho (Astana), Lars Bak (Team CSC), Stéphane Goubert (AG2R), Dmitriy Fofonov (Credit Agricole), and Eric Leblacher (Française des Jeux). The group managed to gain 4'30 on the Valverde bunch, but Caisse d'Epargne pulled them back to just over two minutes with 30 km to go as the last climb started. Danielson rode away from the rest of the break, as Kashechkin and Gomez Marchante attacked Valverde's group. Then Vinokourov played his card, using his teammates to perfection to eventually take the jersey while Danielson took a well deserved stage win. [CN]
... classy of Vino to not contest.
it's really a shame that boy didn't get a chance
to pump his legs up at le'Tour.