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Allan Davis wins Tour Down Under

ALLAN Davis of Australia is the Tour Down Under champion after finishing among the main bunch in today's final stage to claim the title.

Davis won three of the ProTour race's five previous stages to open a 25-second lead entering today's 90-kilometer final leg.

Francesco Chicchi of Italy won the final stage in a sprint finish, but Davis was close enough to retain his overall lead.

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner coming out of retirement, was among the leading bunch in today's stage, with his overall placing to be determined.

More than 144,000 people turned out to see the stage and were thrilled when Armstrong dashed to the front with one lap of the 4.5-kilometer street circuit remaining. He was unable to sustain his most daring attack of the tour.

Armstrong was quick to praise Davis, who had just returned to top cycling after fighting for 18 months to successfully clear his name from the taint of a Spanish anti-doping investigation.

"It was a great victory for Allan who is obviously a great friend of ours and a former teammate of ours," Armstrong said.

"He went through his own troubles and I'm proud of him, I'm happy for him. He was seemingly invincible on (some stages) and controlled the race well, never panicked. He's back."

Davis had twice been runner-up in the Tour Down Under.


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