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Tour de France carries on as Bennati wins Stage 17

Updated: July 26, 2007, 7:53 PM ET
Associated Press

CASTELSARRASIN, France -- On a day when the Tour de France got a new leader in Alberto Contador, Michael Rasmussen's mark on cycling's premier event was all too clear -- an indelible stain.

Rasmussen, the former overall leader from Denmark, was kicked out of the race by his own Rabobank team a day earlier. His ouster left a pack of dispirited riders Thursday heading toward Paris, burdened by the latest jolt to the sport.

"The morale is really down," German rider ...

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