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Tour de France race news, results, commentary, and photos. The 106th edition of the Tour de France is one of cycling’s three grand tours.

Stapleton: Kirchen beaten but we’re not

Team Columbia manager Bob Stapleton is looking to Britain's Mark Cavendish for a Tour de France stage victory after his team missed out on an historic first stage win here Saturday. Stapleton's team have come to the Tour looking to fight on several fronts, but at the start of the 2008 race - being held without a prologue for the first time in 41 years — he was reminded that they'll get nothing for free.

Stage 1 – By the numbers

Stage 1, Brest to Plumelec, 197.5km

Weather: Partly cloudy skies, strong southwest winds up to 65kph, temperatures in low 80s Stage winner: Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) won his second career Tour stage with a blistering acceleration in the final right-hander with about 350m to go. “Balaverde” roared past the stalling Kim Kirchen (Team Columbia) to win one second ahead of Philip Gilbert (FDJeux) and Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom).

Robbie McEwen forgoes an 11-speed bike on the Tour’s first stage.

Robbie McEwen’s bike was lined up unassumingly, mid-pack, among his teammates' rigs in front of a roped off and guarded Silence-Lotto bus. All of the extra protection was meant to protect the race favorite — McEwen's teammate Cadel Evans — but McEwen’s bike benefited. He was suppose to start the race on Campagnolo’s new 11-speed group, but instead he unassumingly rode away from the team bus on a 10-speed bike. [nid:79347]

Will Frischkorn’s Tour de France diary, stage 1

Garmin-Chipotle rider Will Frischkorn is riding his first Tour de France. He will share his journal entries with VeloNews.com readers after each stage. People. That's the word of the day. I'm always amazed by how many people swarm the climbs in races like the Tour of Flanders and the Pave of Roubaix ... that's nothing. I'd seen the videos and the pictures, heard the stories about the crowds on the epic climbs of the Tour, but had no idea how many people would be EVERYWHERE! Crazy.

Live Coverage – Stage 1 Tour de France, 2008

  • 06:48 PM: Good day and welcome

    To VeloNews.com's Live Coverage of the 1st stage of the 95th Tour de France, 197.5km race from Brest to Plumec.

    180 riders rolled out of Brest this afternoon, exiting the neutral zone at 12:31 and begining a long day in the saddle, an unusual way to start the Tour. This is only the first time since 1966 that the Tour de France has not started with some form of time trial, usually a short sub-8km prologue.

Oakley unveils a new sunglass design at the Tour de France

Last year Oakley revamped its most popular sport sunglass the M-Frame into a new sunglass. Though the M-Frame is still available its predecessor, the Radar, has become as instantly popular as the decade old staple of Oakley’s line. Using the opening stage of the Tour as a springboard, Oakley introduced a complement to the new Radar in the form of a newly styled Racing Jacket. Columbia’s George Hincapie and Credit Agricole’s Thor Hushovd are the two riders charged with introducing the new shade, and the only two riders who currently have it. [nid:79335]

Starting another Tour

Editor’s note: Every day during the 95th Tour de France, VeloNews editorial director John Wilcockson will be writing his “Inside the Tour” column. It will have a more personal slant than most of the pieces he writes. There will be comments on each day’s tactics, insights on what to look for the next day, and stories he has witnessed in the 40 years he has been reporting the race. This first column includes thoughts on the opening stage and what to looking for on the wild roads of Brittany over this first weekend.

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Tech at the Tour – Down to the wire

A day before the start of the Tour de France is almost too late to accomplish anything significant. Nonetheless, it’s a frantic time for mechanics and support staff as clock ticks down to the start of the world’s biggest bicycle race. Teams build bikes up to the last minute, busses are stocked and there are always bikes, kits and cars to be washed and shined in last hours before the race kicks off. Instead of diving right into a single piece of equipment for this year’s race, let’s take a look at the frantic activity on the eve of the Tour.