Scott Sunderland Satisfied As Cadel Evans Fights To Beat Carlos Sastre

Cadel Evans Mellow In Yellow Stage 11

by Justin Davis MONTLUCON, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - Australian Scott Sunderland has spent three weeks trying to make sure compatriot Cadel Evans loses the Tour de France. Now Sunderland, a co-team manager with CSC, is preparing for the distinct possibility that Evans will upset his race leader Carlos Sastre in Saturday's penultimate stage time trial. Sastre goes into … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans Tipped For Yellow Jersey Ahead Of TT Decider

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by Justin Davis SAINT ETIENNE, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - Cadel Evans has been tipped to overhaul his 1min 34sec deficit to Spanish rival Carlos Sastre ahead of their duel for the Tour de France yellow jersey in the final time trial on Saturday. Sastre, who rides for the CSC team run by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis, stole the limelight on the final day in the Alps Wednesday … [Read more...]

CSC Aims To Rip Cadel Evans Apart Leading Up To The Time Trial

CUNEO, Italy, July 21, 2008 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis doesn't need to dig too deeply into his memory to know that the next two stages of the race will be crucial for his CSC team's yellow jersey chances. For the man who ended the five-year yellow jersey reign of the Spanish time trial specialist Miguel Indurain with decisive attacks which began in the Italian Alps in … [Read more...]

Tour de France Through Stage 4 — All You Really Need To Know

There's little exciting about a time trial unless you're the guy on the bike. For fans, it's just "there goes one, there goes another."  But we all know the Tour actually started today.  Everything before has been about pageantry and trying not to fall off the bike or otherwise embarrass yourself with stinkin' thinkin' (ahem, Menchov).  Not to dwell further, we'll break this down for you … [Read more...]

Timing Goes Awry For Swiss Time Trial Specialist Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara On Stage 4 of the Tour de France 2008

by Justin Davis CHOLET, France, July 8, 2008 (AFP) - Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara admitted to suffering an off day after he failed to deliver an anticipated stage victory on the Tour de France's fourth stage time trial. CSC's reigning world time trial champion could only finish in fifth place at a massive 33secs behind Germany's Stefan Schumacher, who took the race lead after … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans Ahead Of Valverde, But Schmacher Takes The Yellow Jersey

Stefan Schumacher Wins Stage 4 Time Trial

by Justin Davis CHOLET, France, July 8, 2008 (AFP) - Australia's Cadel Evans struck a first blow to Alejandro Valverde at the Tour de France here Tuesday after leaving his yellow jersey rival trailing on the fourth stage time trial. Germany's Stefan Schumacher of the Gerolsteiner team stunned the pre-race favorites to win the 29.5km race against the clock in a time of 35min … [Read more...]

Stefan Schumacher In Yellow After Fourth Stage Win

CHOLET, France, July 8, 2008 (AFP) - Germany's Stefan Schumacher of the Gerolsteiner team stunned the big time trial favourites to win the Tour de France fourth stage and pull on the leader's yellow jersey Tuesday. Schumacher clocked a winning time of 35min 44sec over the windy, rolling 29.5km course, leaving many of the specialists scratching their heads. The German leads Kirchen and … [Read more...]

Menchov Mishap Gives Evans A Nasty Reminder

by Justin Davis NANTES, France, July 8, 2008 (AFP) - Cadel Evans was reminded of just what it takes to win, and lose, the Tour de France after a hectic third stage here Tuesday which saw one of his potential rivals lose 38 seconds. On paper, Denis Menchov isn't the Australian race favorite's biggest rival, that honour going to Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who happily gave up the … [Read more...]

Rabobank’s Dennis Menchov Yellow Jersey Dreams Get Serious Setback

by Justin Davis NANTES, France, July 7, 2008 (AFP) - Russian Denis Menchov became the first victim of the Tour de France's yellow jersey contenders here Monday when he got caught napping in a hectic finish to the 208km stage. Menchov, a two-time Tour of Spain winner, found himself in a group that had been left trailing by some furious accelerations at the front of the peloton as … [Read more...]

Team CSC Saxo Bank Defiant As Carlos Sastre Fears Time Trial Test

NANTES, France, July 7, 2008 (AFP) - The first big test of the Tour de France for the yellow jersey contenders may be putting the fear of God into Carlos Sastre. But his manager at the CSC team, Denmark's 1996 Tour winner Bjarne Riis, believes they will make up any time shortfall for their yellow jersey contender once the peloton heads steadily up into the mountains in the … [Read more...]