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TDF 2008 – Stage 4: Shumacher sets best time, takes GC lead

Time Trial: Cholet 29.5k

It’s a relatively quiet day at the office and I was anxiously watching my favorite live commentary, but got completely confused as to where Kim Kirchen finished up. So, here are the standings after Stage 4 Time Trials at Cholet:

General classification after stage 4
Pos. No. Name Nat. Team Time Gap (in secs)
1 111 SCHUMACHER, Stefan GER GST 14:04:41 :00
2 041 KIRCHEN, Kim LUX THR 14:04:53 :12
3 198 MILLAR, David GBR TSL 14:04:53 :12
4 001 EVANS, Cadel AUS SIL 14:05:02 :21
5 013 CANCELLARA, Fabian SUI CSC 14:05:14 :33
6 191 VANDEVELDE, Christian USA TSL 14:05:18 :37
7 047 HINCAPIE, George USA THR 14:05:22 :41
8 048 LÖVKVIST, Thomas SWE THR 14:05:28 :47
9 067 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA LIQ 14:05:39 :58
10 035 GUTIERREZ, José Ivan ESP GCE 14:05:42 :01:01

Great results for both our USA teams just over the midpoint of week 1 of the Tour!

TDF 2008 – Stage 1: and the winner is Valverde

2008 Route
Brest to Plumelec

A bit of wind on a beautiful day to start the 2008 Tour de France from historic Brest, Bretagne, and then a crash takes out Duclos-Lasalle. Cadel Evans, Tour favorite, and Robbie McEwen, sprint master par excellence, led the peloton into the last few kilometers to the finish at Plumelec, and another crash nearly claims another rider. Then we saw Team Columbia (High Road) push forward causing us to believe we may be singing “Hail, Columbia!” Up pops Erik Zabel with less than a kilometer to climb. Kim Kirchen led briefly until Alejandro Valverde dominated the finish.

Congratulations to Valverde for taking the first yellow jersey of this Tour. Good for Columbia, Kirchen (place 4) may have more to show us as the Tour continues. It’s going to be a very interesting 3 weeks. At least I can find one set of blue jerseys in the pack (yellow band on Columbia sleeve). As for Chipotle, I’m still trying to identify their jersey as they fly past cameras!

Anyone out there have photos to share?