Italy's Bennati wins 17th stage a day after leader's expulsion
CASTELSARRASIN, France (AP) -- Italy's Daniele Bennati
(dahn-YEHL'-ay beh-NAH'-tee) has won the 17th stage of the Tour de
The victory came a day after former leader Michael Rasmussen of
Denmark was sent home for lying to his team about his whereabouts
last month when he missed random doping tests.
Spain's Alberto Contador now wears the yellow jersey as the
race's overall leader.
Bennati won a sprint at the end of today's 117-mile ride as the
doping-marred Tour heads north toward Sunday's finish in Paris.
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