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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS MONDAY, JULY 5, 1999 Tin I)\il.v\i.\\s B5 Estonian wins first stage of the Tour de France The Associated Press CHALLANS, France - On rain-slicked country roads, Jaan Kirsipuu of Estonia won a final sprint Sunday to capture the first stage of the Tour de France.. He edged Tom Steels of Belgium and Erik Zabel of Germany. The overall leader remained Lance Armstrong, the Texan who won Saturday's prologue by seven seconds in his first Tour de France since treatment for testicular cancer. The 124-mile stage began under pouring rain in Montaigu in France's western Vendee region. The rain eased but returned, making for an extremely wet beginning to the three-week race. The stage was marked by a long breakaway by France's Thierry Gouvenou, who left the pack after 48 miles but was overcome late in the race by Ludo Dierckxsens. The Belgian was overtaken Tour de France stages, winners • Sunday — 1st stage: Montaigu to Challans (Jaan Kirsipuu, Estonia; Yellow jersey, Armstrong). • Monday — 2nd stage: Challans to Saint-Nazaire (124) • Tuesday — 3rd stage: Nantes to Laval (119) • Wednesday — 4th stage: Laval to Blois (118) • Thursday — 5th stage: Bonneval to Amiens (141) • Friday — 6th stage: Amiens to Maubeuge (104) • July 10 — 7th stage: Avesnes-sur-Helpe to Thionville (138) • July 11 — 8th stage: Metz, time trials (35) • July 12 — Rest Day • July 13 — 9th stage: Le Grand Bornand to Sestrieres (133) • July 14 — 10th stage: Sestrieres to L'AIpe d'Huez (135) • July 15 — llth stage: Le Bourg D'Oisans to Saint-Etienne (123) • July 16 — 12th stage: Saint-Galmier to Saint-Flour (122) • July 17 — 13th stage: Saint-Hour to Albi (146) • July 18 — 14th stage: Castres to Saint-Gaudens (117) • July 19 — Rest Day • July 20 — 15th stage: Saint-Gaudens to Piau-Engaly (107) • July 21 — 16th stage: Lannemezan to Pau (119) • July 22 — 17th stage: Mourenx to Bordeaux (114) • July 23 — 18th stage: Jonzac to Futuroscope (116) • July 24 — 19th stage: Futuroscope, time trials (34) • July 25 — 19th stage: Arpajon to Paris-Champs-Elysees (99) The Associated Press himself just before the final sprint. Finishing fourth was Stuart O'Grady of Australia, followed by Silvio Martinelli of Italy. George Hincapie of the United States came in eighth. Since the pack came in together, the riders finished with the same times. As the race began, director Jean-Marie Leblanc referred to the drug scandal that nearly shut down the event last year. He said cycling has three weeks to rehabilitate itself, "And cyclists are happy to contribute to that." Race organizers said spot drug tests will be taken in the coming days. Signs and banners along the roads on Sunday showed the scandal isn't far from fans' minds. "Ride clean, and we love you," read one banner. "Say No to EPO," said another sign, referring to the substance a number of riders have acknowledged using. Other signs showed support for Richard Virenque, the French cycling star who is under investigation and denies using drugs. Many top riders are missing from this year's Tour de France. Among them are defending champion Marco Pantani and the two previous winners, Jan Ullrich of Germany and Bjarne Riis of Denmark. Armstrong scored a stunning personal triumph by winning Saturday's 4 ! /4-mile time trial. The 28-year-old rider won the 1993 world championship and competed for the U.S. Olympic team in 1992 and 1996. In October 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. He underwent surgery to remove his right testicle and lesions from his brain, and returned to racing early last year. "At the beginning of the season, my legs hurt and I was too heavy," he said Sunday. But he said training in the Alps and Pyrenees had helped him immensely. "My legs and my spirit are better than before my illness," he said. He points to one of his secrets — he sleeps like .a baby. Wimbledon Continued from Page Bl But suddenly there was Sam- pras, diving flat out, flicking a backhand drop volley that fell ever so gently on the other side of the net for a winner. He belly- whopped hard to the tattered turf, skidded a yard and tore up. the huge scab he had on his right forearm from other dives the past two weeks. Agassi stood on the baseline and stared in amazement. Sam- pras inspected his open wound, wiped himself off, and served two straight aces at nearly 130 mph to take a 3-1 lead. "He played some impeccable tennis at the most important times," Agassi said. As if that wasn't convincing enough, Sampras tried to do it again as he served for the match at 6-5 in the third set. This time Agassi ripped a forehand crosscourt, a shot that came off his racket once more with a thud. Sampras was beaten, but he didn't know it, or refused to believe it. He hurled his body through the air again, parallel to the court, and just missed the ball as he skidded on the grass and tore up his arm a little more. Sampras' response to that miss? He wiped off the blood and struck his 16th and 17th aces to end the match, the first at 127 mph, the next at 110 mph on a gutsy second serve at 40-30. "It's so hard to explain the feeling that I felt serving for the match," Sampras said. "All of a sudden the match is on your racket, and you start breathing heavier. You start thinking, Wow, this is it, this is going to go either way. I could go from winning the title to playing a tiebreaker in the third set. "I just kind of went for it, and I hit a great second serve. That's the one shot you need to have to win here. It was a great shot. I surprised myself. I went up the middle, and the next thing I knew I was holding the cup." Sampras took control of the match with a rush of five straight games, from 3-3 in the first set to 2-0 in the second. It was, simply, Sampras at his best. "That's how Pete plays," Agassi said. "You've got to weather his storm. And when you weather his storm, that's when he's vulnerable. But his storm was too strong today. I couldn't do it." What amazed Agassi even more than the sight of Sampras A Pete Sampras throws his arms in the air after defeating Andre Agassi in the Men's Singles Final on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Sunday. (AP) flying through the air, was the way he dared to hit those second-serve aces at 110 to 120 mph. On this day, Sampras wasn't playing safe. "He's taking chances out there," Agassi said. "People think he's walking on water until he starts missing a few of those. But he didn't. So he walked on water today." Sampras moved beyond Bjorn Borg to become the winningest man at Wimbledon in the open era. He moved out of a tie with Borg and his longtime idol, Rod Laver, who each had 11 Grand Slam titles. The $728,000 he collected for winning increased his career prize money to more than $37 million. At 28 and planning to play into his early 30s, Sampras should have many chances to pass Emerson, who collected his major titles in the less competitive era just before open tennis started in 1968. That prospect, and his place in history, were more than Sam- pras could think about in the moments after winning. "I'm still spinning a little bit," he said. "It's going to take a couple of weeks to have it all sink in. It's a little overwhelming to have won what I've won. To be honest, I don't know how I do it, I really don't." Despite losing, Agassi will take over the No. 1 spot from Sampras, but it was a hollow consolation. What meant more to Agassi was that he knows he's playing well enough to take a measure of revenge at the U.S. Open next month. Davenport downs Graf to capture first Wimbledon title The Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England Lindsay Davenport ran her trembling fingers along her freshly engraved name on the Wimbledon trophy where Steffi Graf's name had been inscribed seven times and never will be again. Davenport had been so calm, so much in control of herself in an almost perfectly played 6-4, 7-5 victory Sunday, and now, after shedding a few joyful tears, she was shaking. "It's the most beautiful trophy I've ever seen," she said, staring for the first time at the large silver plate, embossed with mythological goddesses and the names of every winner since 1884. "I wish I could take it home." Instead, Davenport received a check for $655,200 and a replica of the plate to add to the U.S. Open trophy she won last year and the Olympic gold medal she took home from Atlanta in 19%. A few hours later, she grabbed another souvenir, and a $134,216 check, this tune for winning the women's doubles with Corina Morariu. 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