Monday, July 7, 2008

Tour de France 2008

Stage 3

It was a good day for the host country. A Frenchman, Samuel Dumoulin of team Cofidis, took the stage win. And another, Romain Feillu of team Agritubel, is now the holder of the Maillot Jaune (yellow jersey). Neither of them is expected to be in contention when the race reaches Paris, but it’s nice for now. Feillu is a young rider who is also now the holder of the White Jersey but since you can’t wear both and the yellow is 1000 times better, the white will pass to the second place youngin’.

William Frischkorn of the US and a member of the Garmin Chipotle team took second in the stage. A nice showing for the new US team and a young rider.

There may be some trash talking tonight as the peloton was split in a few pieces towards the end of today’s stage by a crash. It’s a rule of etiquette that you let the riders affected by a crash get back to the group before pressing the pace. But the front end of the peloton just kept hammer away. In their defense they were trying (unsuccessfully) to catch the 4 man break away before the end of the race.

Tomorrow is a 30km individual time trial.

Maillot Jaune (yellow jersey - overall leader) - Alejandro Valverde of Spain who is the leader of the Spanish team CAISSE D’EPARGNE team

Green Jersey (points leader for sprinting) - Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg who rides for the American team, Team Columbia

Polka Dot Jersey (best in the mountains) - Thomas Voeckler of France who is the leader of the French team BOUYGUES TELECOM

White Jersey (best young rider - under 25) - Andy Schleck of Luxembourg who rides for Team CSC Saxo Bank of Denmark.

Au revoir!

Dumoulin winning the stage with a hurting Frischkorn coming in second

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