Today is the first chance that the Tour de France riders have to rest their legs after a very long and gruelling ten days without a break.

This year’s Tour has been pretty relentless so far. No gentle warm-up with a city centre prologue, not even any ‘easy’ days on flat stages. No, it’s been ten days of tirelessly chasing breaks, climbing mountains and one short but punishing individual time trial.

So far, 1,738.5 kilometres and 10 stages have been completed, with 1,821 kilometres left to ride in the remaining 11 stages before the race ends in Paris on Sunday, July 27.

Five riders have so far worn the coveted yellow leader’s jersey – you can find out more Tour 2008 stats in Lionel Birnie’s rest day stats summary.

For a list of the remaining stage, including links to maps, profiles and more go to our online Tour 2008 stage guide section.

We will be covering all of the remaining action here on www.cyclingweekly.co.uk, with up-to-the-minute reports, results, interviews and exclusive photos.

Here, we look back at the first half of the 2008 Tour, charting who won what and where…


TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: FIRST WEEK STAGES

STAGE 1
When? Saturday 5 July
Where? Brest to Plumelec
Who stood on the podium?
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
2. Philippe Gilbert (Fra) FDJeux
3. Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
Stage report>>
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STAGE 2
When? Sunday 6 July
Where? Auray to Saint-Brieuc
Who stood on the podium?
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
2. Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia
3. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Columbia
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
Stage report>>
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STAGE 3
When? Monday 7 July
Where? Saint-Malo to Nantes
Who stood on the podium?
1. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
2. William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin-Chipotle
3. Roman Feillu (Fra) Ag2r
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
Stage report>>
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STAGE 4 ITT
When? Tuesday 8 July
Where? Cholet to Cholet
Who stood on the podium?
1. Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
2. Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia
3. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Chipotle
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
Stage report>>
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STAGE 5
When? Wednesday 9 July
Where? Cholet to Châteauroux
Who stood on the podium?
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Columbia
2. Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
3. Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
Stage report>>
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STAGE 6
When? Thursday 10 July
Where? Aigurande to Super-Besse
Who stood on the podium?
1. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia
Stage report>>
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STAGE 7
When? Friday 11 July
Where? Brioude to Aurillac
Who stood on the podium?
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
2. Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
3. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia
Stage report>>
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STAGE 8
When? Saturday 12 July
Where? Figeac to Toulouse
Who stood on the podium?
1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Columbia
2. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Columbia
3. Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia
Stage report>>
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STAGE 9
When? Sunday 13 July
Where? Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Who stood on the podium?
1. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval
2. Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
3. Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia
Stage report>>
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STAGE 10
When? Monday 14 July
Where? Pau to Hautacam
Who stood on the podium?
1. Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval
2. Juan Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval
3. Frank Schleck (Lux) CSC-Saxo Bank
Who got to wear the yellow jersey?
Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
Stage report>>
Photo gallery>>


TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage 10: Evans takes yellow jersey by one second
Stage nine: Ricco wins in the Pyrenees
Stage eight: Cavendish wins again in Toulouse
Stage seven: Sanchez takes action-packed stage
Stage six: Ricco storms to win
Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win
Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead
Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break
Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint
Stage one: Valverde wins

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: NEWS

Analysis: Tour de France rest day summary
Cavendish battles through Pyrenees
Evans suffers but takes yellow jersey [stage 10]
Analysis: Hautacam shakes up 2008 Tour
Ricco silences critics with solo attack in Pyrenees [stage nine]
Cavendish talks about his second stage win [stage eight]
Beltran heads home but doubts remain about other Tour riders
David Millar: the dope controls are working
Manuel Neltran tests positive for EPO at the Tour
Comment: How the Tour rediscovered its spirit
Doping back in Tour de France headlines
Millar: close but no cigar in Super-Besse [stage six]
Super-Besse shows form of main contenders [stage six]
Millar to go for yellow [stage six]
Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]
Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win
Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]
Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]
Who is Romain Feillu?
Cavendish disappointed with stage two result
Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey
Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?
Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec
Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win
Comment: Is Valverde’s win a good thing for the Tour?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: PHOTOS

Stage nine
Stage eight
Stage seven
Stage six
Stage five
Stage four
Stage three
Stage two
Stage one

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: BLOGS

Life at the Tour part three
Life at the Tour part two
Life at the Tour part one

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: GUIDE

Tour de France 2008 homepage>>
News and features>>
All the riders (start list, list of abandons)>>
Day by day summary>>
Route & stages>>
Teams and riders>>
About the Tour>>

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