Saturday, July 5, 2008
Viva España! Newly crowned Spanish Champ guns down maillot jaune and stage
One week after claiming the Spanish Championships, Alejandro Valverde pounced to win Tour de France stage one and take the leader's maillot jaune in the process. The 28 year-old Caisse d'Epargne rider, winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, chased down Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen (Columbia) in the final 200 metres to finish one second clear of his competition in Plumelec.
French Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom/Fra) jubilates on the podium with best climber's polka doted jersey , on July 5 2008 in Plumelec, western France, at the end of the 197,5 km first stage of the 2008 Tour de France cycling race run between Brest and Plumelec.
Italian Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval/Spa) answers journalists' questions after undergoing urine tests in the anti-doping control bus, on July 5 2008 in Plumelec, western France, at the end of the 197,5 km first stage of the 2008