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Finn's Cyprus win stripped; Loeb given win

Updated: May 26, 2004, 6:38 PM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- Finland's Marcus Gronholm lost his Cyprus Rally win and world championship lead on Wednesday after the governing FIA excluded his Peugeot on technical grounds.

France's Sebastien Loeb, runner-up for champions Citroen in Limassol on May 16, was awarded the victory and took the overall lead.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that stewards had ruled at a meeting with Peugeot representatives in Paris that the water pumps on Gronholm's car did not ...

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