Columbia criticise Garmin for chasing Hincapie

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The competitive but friendly relationship between the Garmin-Slipstream and Columbia teams turned bitter after the stage to Besançon after the Garmin team appeared to work on the front of the bunch in the last 15km to stop Columbia's George Hincapie from taking the yellow jersey.

With a five kilometres to go, Hincapie still had a 25 second cushion and looked set to take the yellow jersey for the second time in his career. After he crossed the line everyone was convinced he would be in yellow, and he was hauled to the podium area.

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