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Woman dies in accident, Ivanov wins 14th stage

THE Tour de France was marred by the death of a spectator yesterday as Russian Serguei Ivanov won the 14th stage, a 199-kilometer ride from Colmar to Besancon.

A woman was hit by a motorcycle involved with the race when she crossed the road near the town of Wittelsheim, 38.5 kilometers into the stage, and died almost instantly, according to a gendarmerie officer.

Two other people were injured when they were hit by the motorcycle but their lives were not in danger.

It was the first fatal accident on the Tour since a child died in 2002 after being hit by a car from the publicity caravan. The accident happened shortly after a 12-man breakaway, featuring American George Hincapie, went past the crowd.

The group built up an advantage of eight minutes 40 seconds as the Astana team set up a leisurely pace in front of the pack.

The AG2r-La Mondiale team, defending Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini's yellow jersey, started to work some 50 kilometers from the finish and was able to keep him in the overall lead. "I want to thank my teammates," Nocentini, who has been in yellow for eight days, told reporters.

"They have been doing great work."

The 36-year-old Hincapie, who rides for the Columbia team, entered the stage 5:25 behind Nocentini in 28th place. Through the last kilometers, Hincapie's breakaway group was more than six minutes ahead of the Italian.

Nocentini now leads Hincapie by five seconds with Spain's Alberto Contador in third place, also six seconds off the pace.

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong slipped to fourth, eight seconds adrift of Nocentini, but the positions are expected to be upset by today's first Alpine stage.

Ivanov of Team Katusha attacked the breakaway group with just over 10 kilometers remaining and never looked back, beating Ireland's Nicolas Roche and New Zealand's Hayden Roulston, second and third respectively, by 16 seconds.

"I waited for the right moment (to attack). I surprised some riders and at that point I just gave everything I had," Ivanov, who won a Tour stage in 2001, told reporters.

"I have been waiting for this one for so long. Today's win is amazing."

Spain's Oscar Freire and Julian Dean of New Zealand started the stage after they were shot and slightly injured during Friday's ride. Police said they were hunting two teenagers.

Freire, from the Rabobank team, was hit in the right thigh by a small shot but the injury did not hamper him during the 13th stage.

Dean, of the Garmin team, was hit on the index finger.

The race moves into the Alps for the 15th stage today, a 207.5-kilometer ride from Pontarlier, France, to the Swiss ski station of Verbier.


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