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Sur la ligne, Hushovd a devance l'Italien Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) et le Slovene Grega Bole (Lampre).
After three of his fellow Lampre riders had set the pace over the final kilometre to put Petacchi in a strong position, the veteran Italian moved to the front with the finishing line in sight and held off challenges from Mark Cavendish and Juan Jose Haedo to take the 20th stage win of his Vuelta career.
This was Cavendish's 70th professional win and his 19th Tour victory - finishing ahead of Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Cervelo in second and Lampre ISD's Alessandro Petacchi in third - making him the first man to take four road stages in four straight Tours.
The Lampre sprinter cruised over the finishing line after an extensive game of cat-and-mouse with trio Jens Voigt, Martin Elmiger and Markus Fothen, who were part of a decisive breakaway just 13 kilometres into the race.
The Lampre Fondital team appeared to be leading the fightback and looked poised to pick up a stage victory until Steegmans paved the way for McEwen.
Renshaw led me out off the back of Lampre and Garmin and it worked a treat."
Few teams have been willing to work at the head of the peloton, and if it hadn't been for the Lampre team, there may well have been more successful breakways.
Italy's Lampre team rider Bennati claimed glory on the Champs-Elysees in a frantic sprint finish with Norway's Thor Hushovd and Germany's Erik Zabel second and third respectively on the day in the final act of a Tour that has been beset by doping scandals.
The finish, featuring a fast descent into the historic town of Rouen, seemed likely to feature all five but eventually boiled down to a 30-somethings battle between Kirsipuu, 32, from the Ag2r Prevoyance team, CSC-Tiscali's 34-year-old Dane Michael Sandstodt, and 38-year-old Belgian Ludo Dierckxsens, from Lampre. The sprinting power of the younger Estonian, who has only recently returned from a serious knee injury, proved just enough to edge out Sandstodt into second place.
3, Roberto Ferrari, Italy, Lampre Merida, same time.
Froome and home favourite Cobo (Geox-TMC) crossed the line at the end of the 174.6 kilometres stage from Solares to Noja in the peloton as Italy's Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - ISD) took the victory.
Arvesen held off AG2R's Martin Elmiger and Alessandro Ballan of Lampre in a sprint finish to give CSC their first stage win of the 2008 Tour.
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