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STAGE 1: BOBKE'S DAILY CALL-IN: STAGE ONE
July 5, 2008
"It's a beautiful day in France, but I have to say it's a strange start to the Tour de France because unlike past years where the prologue stage starts and ends in the same town, today we're about 200k away from the start. It was like a ghost town compared to the usual deal...until the riders arrived and then it was like a tidal wave!
"Valverde has done what many of the cycling pundits did not think he would do....he attacked the field and won the first stage of the 2008 Tour de France by going hard on the last climb of the day. Conventional wisdom suggests that in order to win the Tour de France, having to defend the yellow jersey for three weeks is not the ideal scenario. Time will tell, but it's tough on your guys to have them out on the front for three weeks.
"The sprint that Alejandro put in showed him to clearly be the best uphill sprinter in the race. For the time being, the toast of Spain is also the toast of the world. In the absence of Alberto Contador who is the world's best stage racer, today there will be another Spaniard talked about in equally high regard."
Images From Stage One: Brittany Gets A Taste Of The Tour De France
Roberto Bettini captures the mood and action of Stage One of the 95th Tour de France...
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Recently crowned Spanish National Champion, Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d'Epargne calculated the final 500 meters perfectly and triumphed in Plumelec on Stage One of the 95th Tour de France. The finish was preceded by a narrow right turn over a bridge, then a leg-breaking climb to a false ...
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Any young cyclist who dreams of winning a Tour De France stage and grabbing the Maillot Jaune will forever envy the day Caisse d’Epargne’s Alejandro Valverde enjoyed today in Plumelec. Valverde had already won ...
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2008 Tour de France Stage 1
Saturday 5 July
With no prologue TT, Stage 1 of the 2008 Tour opens the hostilities, with the first action on this hilly stage across the Monts d’Arrée, before fighting it out in the tough ...
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