Monday, July 09, 2007

TDF Stage 1 London to Canterbury

The peloton leaves London on the way to make some tales in Canterbury.
Robbie McEwen salutes after his dramatic victory.

Australian Robbie McEwen came from behind to take Stage 1 of the 2007 Tour de France. He and many others crashed with about 25km to go, and had to hurry to make it into the peloton in order to finish. Robbie produced the sprint of his life to take his 12 individual stage win in his Tour de France career. Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara still retains the overall lead, while American George Hincapie falls from 3rd to 4th place. Tomorrow the stage goes from Dunkirk in France to Gent in Belgium, where Belgian sprint extraordinaire will look for a win in his home country.

Results - Stage 1
1. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 203km in 4:39:01
2. Thor Hushovd (N), Credit Agricole, same time
3. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.
4. Sébastien Chavanel (F), Francise des Jeux, s.t.
5. Romain Feillu (F), Agributel, s.t.
6. Robert Förster (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
7. Oscar Freire (Sp), Rabobank, s.t.
8. Marcus Burghardt (G), T-Mobile, s.t.
9. Francisco Ventoso (Sp), Saunier Duval-Prodir, s.t.
10. Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu), Discovery Channel, s.t.

Overall, after Stage 1
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, 4:47:51
2. Andréas Klöden (G), Astana, at 0:13
3. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval, at 0:21
4. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, at 0:23
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB), Cofidis, at 0:23
6. Vladimir Gusev (Rus), Discovery Channel, at 0:25
7. Vladimir Karpets (Rus), Caisse d'Epargne, at 0:26
8. Thor Hushovd (N), Credit Agricole, at 0:29
9. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kz), Astana, at 0:30
10. Thomas Dekker (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:31

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