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

Rasmussen takes control of Tour de France

TIGNES, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen is now the overall leader in the Tour de France after winning the eighth stage of the international event Sunday.

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.

McEwen captures 13th stage of Tour

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Australian Robbie McEwen Friday captured the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 107.6 mile stretch from Miramas to Montpiellier.

French take Tour de France 12th stage

DIGNE-LES-BAINS, France, July 14 (UPI) -- French cyclist David Moncoutie gave his country its first victory in this year's Tour de France Thursday, winning the alpine 117-mile 12th stage.

Armstrong reclaims yellow jersey in Tour

COURCHEVAL, France, July 12 (UPI) -- U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong reclaimed the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey Tuesday after stage 10 from Grenoble to Courcheval.

Rasmussen wins day; Armstrong out of lead

MULHOUSE, France, July 10 (UPI) -- Michael Rasmussen won the ninth stage of the Tour de France Sunday, while six-time champion Lance Armstrong lost the overall lead to Germany's Jens Voigt.
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Michael Rasmussen (born 1 June 1974 in Tølløse) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer who last rode for the Dutch team Rabobank. Specializing in climbing, Rasmussen has shown a propensity for attempting spectacular wins in mountain stages in which he breaks away from the peloton early and rides alone for most of the stage.

Michael Rasmussen is known for his care for detail when considering weight. He is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike, not wearing the Livestrong wristband which has become common among many Tour de France riders, due to the additional grams. He only carries one water bottle holder and his Colnago Extreme-C bike weighed 6.81 kg, only 10 g more than the minimum limit.

His nickname in Danish is Kyllingen (English: The Chicken), originating from his period as a mountain biker when teammates were watching the Danish children's TV show, Bamses Billedbog, about a bear and a chicken. A large team mechanic was nicknamed Bear, and so Rasmussen was dubbed The Chicken.

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