Rasmussen Takes Stage 8 and Yellow Jersey
Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) leads the Tour de France.
ribs and a possible punctured lung. Robbie McEwen (Predictor), who crashed in Stage 1 but recovered to win that stage, finished outside of today's time limit and was disqualified. The knee that he injured in his Stage 1 crash continues to trouble him.
In the overall, Rasmussen leads Gerdemann by 0:43 and Mayo by 2:39. Tomorrow will be the Tour's first rest day, and those riders who are injured, fatigued, or ill can heal themselves. Tuesday's Stage 9 will be the final Alpine stage. The 159.5-km ride from Val d'Isere to Briancon will feature the hors categorie Col de l'Iseran, the Category 1 Col du Telegraphe, and the hors categorie Col du Galibier. It ends with a 37-km descent to the finish. Who will win it? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!