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July 09, 2006

Stage 8: A Big Day for the French

A win in the tour, the World Cup Final later today, most of the country is on vacation, and wow that's a big day for the French! Calzati, winner of the Tour de l'Avenir in 2004, took the stage proving how breaks work and can win (not just for TV coverage). It was also a good day T-Mobile for who kept the maillot jaune and didn't have to work. Boonen again lost the sprint to McEwen and Landis is in perfect place, a minute back. Zabriskie moved up to join Landis in the top ten.

Stage results

  1. Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
  2. Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
  3. Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole
  4. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
  5. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
  6. Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
  7. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux
  8. Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas
  9. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic
  10. David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner


  1. Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile 34.38.53
  2. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak 1.00
  3. Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile 1.08
  4. Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile 1.45
  5. Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1.50
  6. Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile
  7. Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 1.52
  8. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
  9. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 1:53
  10. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 2.00

Posted by Byron on July 9, 2006 in Cadel Evans, Dave Zabriskie, Floyd Landis, Robbie McEwen, Tom Boonen, Top Stories, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink


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Thanks for stepping in. And thanks for adding the country the rider is from to the listings - I was considering asking Frank to add that.

Posted by: PeterD at Jul 9, 2006 1:25:02 PM

You're welcome! It's good to be here. Frank and I weren't exactly sure how the guest blogger thing worked on TypePad and I can approve/disapprove comments on my posts. So cool.

Posted by: DL Byron at Jul 9, 2006 1:33:56 PM

Does anyone know if Dave Zabriskie can climb???

Posted by: ben middlaeton at Jul 9, 2006 5:36:09 PM

No he can't. Well, he can climb better than any of us, but not for contention.

Posted by: DL Byron at Jul 9, 2006 5:55:45 PM

Great site guys. Would it be possible to get a listing of the green jersey and king of the mountain standings as well as the GC? Being an Aussie I have a particular interest in the green jersey comp!!

Posted by: Rees Fleming at Jul 10, 2006 7:45:14 PM

You know who can climb- Hincapie of Team Discovery. That man won the hardest climb day last year... Is he in like 13th place or so? Probably only a few minutes behind the leaders.

Posted by: Brett at Jul 10, 2006 8:38:27 PM


Correct and good point, but being that far down going into the mountains is still not good. Of course, as this tour has gone, who knows what's going to happen. What's also been odd is how often I've seen George by himself and not surrounded by his team mates.

Posted by: DL Byron at Jul 10, 2006 8:51:31 PM


OK. I'll post on that.

Posted by: DL Byron at Jul 10, 2006 8:52:41 PM

From where did this stage start and finish?
Can anyone name a french sign in the background during this ride?
What was the countryside like in this ride.

Posted by: Matt at Jul 11, 2006 12:52:48 AM