2008 TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 1
Alejandro Valverde stakes a claim with a blistering uphill finish
Alejandro Valverde, one of the pre-race favorites and recently-crowned Spanish national champion, hammered past his rivals in an uphill sprint finish after 197.5 kilometers to win Stage 1 and claim the first Yellow Jersey of the 95th Tour de France. Read my summary and commentary at The Tour de France for the Rest of Us. Also there: my "Tour Lingo" guide, essential links to tracking the Tour live, etc.