French Sprinter Romain Feillu Wearing Yellow, As Cofidis Rider Dumoulin Wins Stage 3

by Justin Davis NANTES, France, July 7, 2008 (AFP) - Frenchman Romain Feillu took the biggest accolade of his career Monday when a successful breakaway that foxed the sprinters' teams handed him the Tour de France yellow jersey Monday. Compatriot Samuel Dumoulin, of Cofidis, won the third stage - a treacherous 208km ride from Saint Malo to here - in style after jumping out from … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Gives Up The Lead For Today, But Keeps Yellow At Hand

by Justin Davis NANTES, France, July 7, 2008 (AFP) - Yellow jersey hopeful Alejandro Valverde gave up the Tour de France lead willingly on Tuesday, but admitted he had raced the hectic third stage with one eye on the crucial fourth stage. "We controlled things in the first part of the stage," he said of his Caisse d'Epargne team, who eventually dropped off the front of the peloton … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Strikes First Blow With A Stage 1 Tour de France Yellow Jersey

by Justin Davis PLUMELEC, France, July 5, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde drew first blood in his bid to win the Tour de France by pulling on the yellow jersey for the first time after a thrilling first stage here Saturday. Valverde, riding for Caisse d'Epargne, punched his way past Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen late on the final climb leading to the uphill finish of the … [Read more...]

Yellow Jersey Contenders and Pretenders

BREST, France, July 3, 2008 (AFP) - Penpix of yellow jersey contenders and outsiders for the Tour de France, which starts here on Saturday: Cadel Evans (AUS) Evans has had a steady rise up the Tour's general classification, and missed out on the big prize to Alberto Contador of Spain last year by just 23secs. Despite that close call, the talented Australian will know it … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d’Epargne To Be Helped By Former Tour de France Champion

PARIS, June 30, 2008 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde, one of the favourites for next month's Tour de France, has the distinction of a former champion helping him in his leader's role at Caisse d'Epargne, compatriot Oscar Pereiro. Pereiro came second behind Floyd Landis in 2006, but the American was later stripped of his title for taking steroids and, just on Monday, lost his appeal at … [Read more...]

Kim Kirchen Has His Eyes On Yellow As High Road Names Their Tour de France Team

BONN, June 25, 2008 (AFP) - The High Road Sports on Wednesday named their team for the July 5-27 Tour de France with Luxembourger Kim Kirchen the rider who will be pushed for the winner's yellow jersey. The nine-man roster, which includes sprinters Mark Cavendish of Britain and German Gerald Ciolek, contains riders from eight different countries, and five aged 25 and under. "We plan to … [Read more...]

Tour de France: Sastre and Schleck Brothers Of CSC In For Yellow Jersey Bid (And Tdf Roster)

COPENHAGEN, June 23, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Carlos Sastre and Luxembourg brothers Andy and Franck Schleck will spearhead the CSC team's bid for the Tour de France yellow jersey from July 5-27. CSC's general manager Bjarne Riis, the 1996 winner of the race, has put together a strong team which includes Swiss maestro Fabian Cancellara and has been strengthened by the inclusion of Australian … [Read more...]

CSC’s Fabian Cancellara Powers To The Win At Tour of Switzerland Seventh Stage

LYSS, Switzerland, June 20, 2008 (AFP) - Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, of the CSC team, powered to victory at the seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland here Friday, but Kim Kirchen kept the leader's yellow jersey. "I wasn't expecting it today, but it's true I wanted to win a stage on the Tour of Switzerland," said Cancellara of the Gruyeres to Lyss leg. The 27-year-old praised … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans’ Tour de France Yellow Jersey Bid Puts McEwen In The Shadow

Evans' yellow jersey bid puts McEwen into the shade GOSSAU, Switzerland, June 17, 2008 (AFP) - Australian Robbie McEwen's annual battle for the Tour de France green jersey has been delivered a blow before the start of next month's race -- by compatriot and team-mate Cadel Evans. Evans became Australia's highest ever finisher on the Tour when he was runner-up to yellow jersey … [Read more...]

Silence-Loto Boosts Cadel Evans Tour de France Yellow Jersey Bid

MORZINE, France, June 13, 2008 (AFP) - Cadel Evans' bid to become the first Australian winner of the Tour de France's yellow jersey has been given a boost, following his Silence team's announcement of their roster for the race. Evans finished runner-up to Spaniard Alberto Contador by only 23secs last year, although this year Contador and his Astana team have not been invited to the July 5-27 … [Read more...]