Sunday, July 23, 2006

American Wins 2006 Tour de France

The 2006 Tour de France is over, and for the eighth year in a row, the winner is an American. This year it's Californian, Floyd Landis. Landis entered Paris with a 59 second lead, and just played it safe by staying at the front of the Peloton. The actual winner of today's stage was Thor Hushovd [Norway-Agricole], while Robbie McEwen [Australia-Lotto] finished second, and Stuart O'Grady [Australia-CSC] finished third.

Here are the final winners of the 2006 Tour de France:

American Floyd Landis won the Yellow Jersey as the best overall rider. Floyd rode for the Swiss team Phonak, and finished the 3657.1 kilometers in 89 hours, 39 minutes, 30 seconds. Congratulations Floyd!!!!!!!!!!

The German T-mobile team won the team championship, finishing over 17 minutes ahead of the second place team.

The Polka-Dot Jersey, given to the best climber, was won by Mickael Rasmussen from Denmark. He rode for team Rabobank.

The Green Jersey, given to the best sprinter, was won by Australian Robbie McEwen, of the Davitamon-Lotto team.

The White Jersey, given to the best young rider, was won by Damiano Cunego from Italy. He rode for the Lampre-Fondital team, and finished the Tour in 89 hours, 58 minutes, 49 seconds.

Well, the 2006 Tour de France is over now, and it was a great one. It went down to the next-to-last day before we knew who would be the winner. I appreciate you readers putting up with my Tour posts, as it is a weakness of mine. The good news is it'll be a year before I do it again.

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