Thursday, July 10, 2008


GLORY AND DISAPPOINTMENT. A mountain stage in the first week is rare, not that Super Besse was an HC or Category 1 climb. But, apparently, the constant up-and-down terrain all day took its toll and the final climb up Super Besse really separated the Tour de France peloton. It brought glory for a few and disappointment for others. At the end of the day, the race leadership was shaken up (again).

ITALIAN ROOKIE TOPS. Tour rookie Italian Riccardo Ricco beat all the contenders to the top of Super Besse. Right on his heels was top contenders Alejandro Valverde and Cadel Evans, and, right behind them, Frank Schleck and Kim Kirchen. Unfortunately, race leader Stefan Schumacher crashed in the final kilometer and lost the Yellow Jersey. Kirchen takes over as the race leader.

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