Spanish rider Carlos Sastre rode the ride of his life on Stage 17 of this year's Tour de France. Attacking with just 13km to go, the Maillot Jaune group was not able to hang onto the Spaniard and he went on to win the Stage.

Carlos Sastre wins the stage and is also the new overall General Classification leader, taking over for teammate Frank Schleck.

Stage 17 Results
1 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Saxo Bank - 6.07.58
2 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi - 2.03
3 Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC-Saxo Bank
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 2.13
5 Fränk Schleck (Lux) CSC-Saxo Bank
6 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
9 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin Chipotle - H30
10 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner

General classification after stage 17
1 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Saxo Bank
2 Fränk Schleck (Lux) CSC-Saxo Bank - 1.24
3 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner - 1.33
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto - 1.34
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 2.39
6 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale

Full results here..

Jersey Standings:
Carlos Sastre
Oscar Freire
Bernhard Kohl
Andy Schleck

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Links to news sites...

"Spain's Sastre wins 17th stage, takes lead at Tour

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) - Carlos Sastre of Spain won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, taking the overall lead Wednesday from CSC teammate Frank Schleck on the hardest ride up three huge Alpine climbs.

Sastre took the yellow jersey by speeding ahead of the main title contenders in the final ascent of the 130.8-mile ride from Embrun to L'Alpe d'Huez." Read more from The Associated Press...

"Sastre conquers Alpe d'Huez, Evans remains in contention

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AFP) - Carlos Sastre of Spain won the 17th stage of the Tour de France here on Wednesday, a 210km ride from Embrun to here.

The CSC rider - who beat home compatriot Samuel Sanchez while Andy Schleck was third both 2minutes and three seconds in arrears - also took the overall leader's yellow jersey off team-mate Frank Schleck, who he leads by 1minute 24seconds." Read more from the AFP...

"Sastre wins the 2008 Alpe d'Huez stage

CSC's Carlos Sastre rolled away from the favorites on the Alpe D'Huez on Wednesday, winning the classic Tour de France stage and taking the yellow jersey from his teammate Frank Schleck.

Sastre attacked at the base of the famous climb and built up a lead of about two minutes by the top, while most of the GC favorites, including Schleck, marked each other." Read more from

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