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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvian Ugrumov Takes Stage

CLUSES, France-- One day after being deprived of a deserved win, Latvian Pyotr Ugrumov took his revenge in style by claiming victory in the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.


Ugrumov, who had worked the hardest in a 100-kilometer break before seeing Colombian Nelson Rodriguez outsprint him Wednesday in Val Thorens, made another bold move by escaping after the penultimate ascent on the race's last mountain road stage.


Ugrumov, 33, stayed in front for the last 45 kilometers of the day's 174.5-kilometer ride from Moutiers before earning his reward in the small industrial town of Cluses.


The veteran Latvian, who became the first rider from a Baltic state to win a Tour stage, crossed the line 2:39 ahead of race leader Miguel Indurain of Spain with Frenchman Richard Virenque third one second back.