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Newz Forum: OTHER: CYCLING: Hushovd wins rain-soaked Stage 8 before Monday's rest day

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posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 04:36 PM
QUIMPER, France -- Now for some well-earned rest and relaxation, Tour de France style.

Battered and bruised physically and mentally by a crash-filled first week, cyclists get their first day of rest Monday -- a chance to treat wounds, sleep in and steel themselves for the first mountainous stages ahead.

"It's been a crazy first week. I don't ever remember doing one like that," said five-time champion Lance Armstrong, who's nervous that a crash could end his bid for a record sixth crown.

Norway's Thor Hushovd won Sunday's hilly but fast stage through Brittany in western France, using a closing burst of speed to win the 104-mile stage from Lamballe to Quimper in 3 hours, 54 minutes, 22 seconds.

Armstrong remained in sixth place overall, 9 minutes and 35 seconds behind leader Thomas Voeckler. American Tyler Hamilton is 36 seconds behind the 32-year-old Texan, and rival Jan Ullrich is 55 seconds back.

"I had trouble because it was slippery and dangerous," said Ullrich, the 1997 champion and five-time runner-up.

All four riders clocked the same time as Hushovd. Ullrich finished 21st, Hamilton 30th, Armstrong 33rd and Voeckler 58th.




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