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DAILY RECAP Tour de France



Published: Sun, July 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A look at Saturday's eighth stage of the Tour de France:

Stage: A 143.8-mile route starting in Pforzheim, Germany, before crossing back into France to finish in Gerardmer. It featured five hills, including the hardest climb of the race so far -- the Col de la Schlucht.Winner: Pieter Weening, Netherlands, Rabobank, in 5 hours, 3 minutes, 54 seconds.How Others Fared: Andreas Kloeden, Germany, T-Mobile, finished second in the same time as Weening; Jan Ullrich, Germany, T-Mobile, finished sixth; Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, T-Mobile, finished 10th; Lance Armstrong, United States, Discovery Channel, finished 20th. All three were 27 seconds back from the front pair.Yellow Jersey: Armstrong retains the overall lead -- 1 minute ahead of Jens Voigt and 62 seconds ahead of Vinokourov.Quote of the Day: "Definitely a crisis in our team today. If it's two more weeks of days like today, then you're in trouble." -- Armstrong after struggling up the first serious climb of the Tour.Next Stage: Today's ninth stage is a 106.3-mile mountain route from Gerardmer to Mulhouse. It features six climbs, including the first category 1 ascent of this year's Tour. Category 1 climbs are the second-hardest category in the race.

Associated Press




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