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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Fabian Cancellara
Taylor Phinney of the United States won the opening time trial of the inaugural Dubai Tour, a four-stage race organized by the same group that puts on the Giro d'Italia.
With two weeks left in the Tour de France, the two-man showdown that many predicted is taking shape, with Britain's Bradley Wiggins already in the yellow jersey — and driver's seat — while Cadel Evans isn't.
In yet another crash-marred finish, Andre Greipel of Germany led a frenzied bunch sprint to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday for his second straight stage victory.
Britain's Mark Cavendish felt painful scrapes from the hard Tour de France asphalt in Wednesday's fourth stage. He bared no hard feelings toward rival Andre Greipel, who won it.
Mark Cavendish led a tight sprint to the finish Monday to win the second stage of the Tour de France, while Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after the mostly flat ride across Belgium.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the Tour de France prologue for a fifth time on Saturday, beating title hopeful Bradley Wiggins of Britain by seven seconds.
If Andy Schleck is to finally win the Tour de France, he's going to have to overcome one final obstacle on his own.
Lance Armstrong's flat tire has done more than just deflate some of his hopes for another Tour de France victory. It's also caused a bit of second-guessing within his RadioShack team.
Just four days into the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is off to a rough start.
France's Sylvain Chavanel won the rain-swept second stage of the Tour de France on Monday to take the overall lead, while seven-time champion Lance Armstrong finished in the pack after bloodying his thigh on a day filled with crashes.
Lance Armstrong saw it coming: tight turns, narrow roads, big crowds and nervous riders would make crashes likely in Sunday's first stage at the Tour de France.
"For cycling this is not good, that's for sure," he said.
"When you make history in this kind of way at the Tour, it's more special," said Cancellara, a time-trial specialist and the only man to don the yellow this year after winning Saturday's prologue.