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Tour de France 2006



France's Jimmy Casper takes the first stage

France's Jimmy Casper takes the first stage by inches in Strasbourg after a dramatic scramble for the line

Australia's Robbie McEwen

Stage two winner Australia's Robbie McEwen chats with overall race leader Thor Hushovd at the start of stage three

Matthias Kessler and Oscar Freire celebrate wins on stages three and five

Wins from Matthias Kessler, McEwen and Oscar Freire can't prise the yellow jersey from new race leader Tom Boonen

Ukraine's Serhiy Honchar (l) and Belgium's Tom Boonen (r)

Boonen finally loses the lead to Serhiy Honchar after stage seven in Rennes, while Floyd Landis moves into second place

Floyd Landis before the start of stage nine

Riding with an injured hip, Landis is just a minute off the lead as the Tour winds its way towards the Pyrenees

France's Cyril Dessel rides in the mountains on stage 11

France's Cyril Dessel takes possession of the yellow jersey after finishing second to Juan Miguel Mercado on stage 10

Russian Denis Menchov outsprints Americans Floyd Landis and Levi Leipheimer

Russia's Denis Menchov pips Landis to the finish on stage 11 but second place puts the American in the overall lead

Spain's Oscar Pereiro and Jens Voigt race for the line at the end of stage 13

Spain's Oscar Pereiro becomes the seventh rider to take the maillot jaune after finishing just behind Jens Voigt on stage 13

Floyd Landis Montelimar to Gap

Landis and Pereiro set off on stage 14 with the Tour still wide open as the riders get ready to face the Alps

Floyd Landis leads a pack of riders on stage 15

Landis puts himself back in the overall lead after a gritty ride on the gruelling stage 15 between Gap and Alpe d'Huez

Floyd Landis reacts after a poor finish on stage 16

But the American's race is in tatters after he cracks on stage 16 and slips to 11th place - eight minutes off the lead

Denmark's Michael Rasmussen wins stage 16

Denmark's Michael Rasmussen powers home to claim one of the toughest stages and Pereiro reclaims the overall lead

Floyd Landis on stage 17

But Landis then launches a sensational breakaway charge on stage 17, clawing himself all the way back into contention

The riders negotiate stage 18

Pereiro retains his lead on stage 18 as Landis looks content to wait for Saturday's crucial time-trial

Floyd Landis

A third-place finish on stage 19's time-trial leaves Landis back in the yellow jersey with a 59-second lead heading into Paris

Floyd Landis rides into Paris with his team-mates

Landis negotiates the final 152-km stage into Paris without damage to his lead - Thor Hushovd wins the stage itself

Floyd Landis on the winner's podium

The presentation ceremony in Paris gets under way in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe after Landis seals his win

The winners' podium in Paris

Landis is joined on the podium by McEwen and Rasmussen; winners of the green and polka-dot jerseys respectively

Floyd Landis in at a news conference in Madrid

Landis protests his innocence after the Tour as details emerge of his positive test for unusual levels of testosterone



SEE ALSO
Tour de France stage 18 photos
21 Jul 06 |  Cycling
Tour de France stage 17 photos
20 Jul 06 |  Cycling
Tour de France stage 16 photos
19 Jul 06 |  Cycling


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