There will be no time bonuses on offer to the first three riders over the line of each stage in the 2008 Tour de France.

In recent years there have been bonuses of 20, 12 and eight seconds but keeping in the spirit of encouraging a tight race – particularly in the early stages – these have been scrapped.

More reaction from Paris on www.cyclingweekly.co.uk later

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