July 11, 2004
Stage 8 underway
There's a new green jersey on the road, as Thor Hushovd took the first intermediate sprint, worth 6 points, ahead of Robbie McEwen, who earned 4 points, and Jens Voigt, who took 2. McEwen is now 3 points up on Stuart O'Grady in the green jersey competition, with 1 more intermediate sprint and the finish still to race today.
There was another long breakaway, including (no surprise) Jakob Piil of CSC, Marco Tosatto of Fassa Bortolo, and Ronny Scholtz of Gerolsteiner. Piil has been in front of the peloton for more than 330 miles/550 kilometers so far this Tour. They were caught at 10 kms.
At 7.5 km to ride, there was a crash at the back of the pack, and AG2R's Samuel Dumoulin went down hard; he's trying to limp in to the finish behind the field.
Once again, Richard Virenque is "line-scabbing" for King of the Mountain points, sprinting off the front of the peloton just before the KoM line. Today, the breakaway took 3 of the four KoM sprints, and Virenque took a single point.
From the official Tour page:
14 H 40 - The First Tour Stage Winners Born In The 1980s... Three Tour debutants have won stages in the 2004 Tour. Each of these three were born in the 1980s. The first rider born in this decade to win a stage of the Tour was Fassa Bortolo's Fabian Cancellara (born 18 March 1981). The second debutant to win a stage this year was Tom Boonen (born 15 October 1980). The third 80s' child to win a Tour stage was yesterday's hero, Filippo Pozzato (born 10 September 1981).
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