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Victory Salute Spells Defeat for Cyclist

From Associated Press

A victory salute cost Canadian rider Alex Stieda a victory in the third stage of the 13-day round Britain Milk Race bicycling competition today.

The 28-year-old Canadian professional was well clear of six other riders as he appeared at the finishing straight of this 96-mile stage that started in Gloucester. But just before the line eased up, he straightened his racing jersey and threw his arms in the air in salute.

That gesture, illegal in international amateur cycling, had him relegated to second place. As a result, British professional Nick Barnes was given the victory, and he took over as overall race leader from countryman Keith Reynolds.

Stieda, however, is second overall and only four seconds from the lead.

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