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Freire wins Tour de France's 14th stage

DIGNE-LES-BAINES, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Oscar Freire of Spain dashed to a win in the Tour de France's 14th stage Saturday but Australia's Cadel Evans clung to the yellow leader's jersey by one second.

Cavendish wins third Tour stage this year

NARBONNE, France, July 17 (UPI) -- Mark Cavendish held off the field with a strong final sprint Thursday in winning his third stage of the 2008 Tour de France.

Evans has lead on Tour de France rest day

LANNEMEZAN, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Australian Cadel Evans owns the slimmest of overall leads as the 2008 Tour de France nears its halfway point.

Evans grabs Tour de France lead

HAUTACAM, France, July 14 (UPI) -- Leonardo Piepoli claimed the Tour de France's 10th stage Monday but Cadel Evans, one day after a crash, moved into the overall lead.

Spaniard wins Tour de France 7th stage

AURILLAC, France, July 11 (UPI) -- Spaniard Luis-Leon Sanchez won Stage 7 of the Tour de France Friday, six seconds ahead of Germany's Stefan Schumacher.

Ricco wins Tour de France stage

BESSE ET SAINT ANASTAISE, France, July 10 (UPI) -- Riccardo Ricco won his first Tour de France stage Thursday but a crash near the finish led to a change at the top of the race's overall standings.

Schumacher surprises in Tour de France

CHOLET, France, July 8 (UPI) -- Stefan Schumacher won Tuesday's 17.7-mile time trial with a time that put him in first place overall after four stages of the Tour de France bicycle race.

Spain's Contador is Tour de France champ

PARIS, July 29 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador of Spain played it safe Sunday and rolled to the 2007 Tour de France championship.

Contador leads Tour into final day

ANGOULME, France, July 28 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador of Spain will wear the yellow jersey in Sunday's Tour de France finale, though American Levi Leipheimer took the 19th stage Saturday.

Tour's final days has Contador in lead

ANGOULME, France, July 27 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador has a 1 minute, 50-second overall lead heading into the final two stages of the 2007 Tour de France.

Contador takes over lead at Tour de France

CASTELSARRASIN, France, July 26 (UPI) -- Daniele Bennati claimed the Tour de France's 17th stage Thursday and Alberto Contador took over as the overall leader in cycling's most prestigious event.

Rasmussen takes stage, extends lead

GOURETTE-COL D'AUBISQUE, France, July 25 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen extended his overall Tour de France lead to 3 minutes, 10 seconds by winning Wednesday's five-climb stage in the Pyrenees.

Vinokourov takes second Tour stage

LOUDENVIELLE-LE LOURON, France, July 23 (UPI) -- Alexander Vinokourov Monday captured his second Tour de France stage victory in four days but Michael Rasmussen remained the overall race leader.

Contador takes Tour's Stage 14

PLATEAU-DE-BEILLE, France, July 22 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen of Denmark came in a close second in Sunday's 14th stage of the Tour de France, retaining the yellow jersey as the overall leader.

Rasmussen keeps yellow jersey

ALBI, France, July 21 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen of Denmark kept the yellow jersey as overall leader in the Tour de France but Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won Stage 13 Saturday.

Boonen sprint takes Tour de France stage

CASTRES, France, July 20 (UPI) -- Tom Boonen won a sprint to the tape Friday and collected the victory at Stage 12 of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen retained the overall race lead. Boonen, who also won last Friday's Tour de France Stage 6, completed the 111.5-mile route from Mon

Vasseur takes Tour de France Stage 10

MARSEILLE, France, July 18 (UPI) -- Cedric Vasseur won Wednesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France and Michael Rasmussen finished in group that allowed him to retain his overall lead.

Soler takes stage, Rasmussen leads Tour

BRIANON, France, July 17 (UPI) -- Juan Mauricio Soler won the final Alps stage of the Tour de France Tuesday but Michael Rasmussen pushed his overall race lead to 2 1/2 minutes. Soler finished the nearly 100-mile run from Val-d'Isre to Brianon in four hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds to c

Pereiro wins 16th stage, Armstrong leads

PAU, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Spain's Oscar Pereiro won the 16th stage of the Tour de France Tuesday, cycling the 111-mile stretch from Merenx to Pau in four hours, 38 minutes, 40 seconds.

Pereiro takes Tour de France's 16th stage

PAU, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Spain's Oscar Pereiro won the 16th stage of the Tour de France Tuesday, doing the 111-miles from Merenx to Pau in four hours, 38 minutes and 40 seconds.
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