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Tour de France 2008



Michael Rasmussen is escorted by policemen as he is surrounded by the press before the start of the 12th stage

Tour leader Michael Rasmussen is escorted to the start as he is surrounded by the press before the start of the stage

Germany's Linus Gerdemann of T-Mobile heads out with the pack

Germany's Linus Gerdemann of T-Mobile heads out with the pack as the race leaves Montpellier and heads for Castres

Alexandre Vinokourov and Christophe Moreau

France's Christophe Moreau looks to gain ground on the leaders after his disappointing ride in stage 11

Stef Clement from Bouygues Telecom is parted from his bike

Stef Clement is parted from his bike as several riders experience difficulties before settling into a steady rhythm

France's Pierrick Fedrigo is shadowed by Spain's Amets Txurruka

France's Pierrick Fedrigo is shadowed by Spain's Amets Txurruka as the pair build a sizeable gap over the peloton

Quick Step's Tom Boonen chats to George Hincapie

Quick Step's Tom Boonen chats to George Hincapie as he keeps hold of the green jersey ahead of Robbie Hunter

A shepherd take a break from tending his goats to watch the tour race by

A main bunch speed through local farmland as they prepare for another gruelling climb on the route to Castres

Fedrigo and Txurruka share the lead

Back at the head of the field Fedrigo and Txurruka prepare for the descent to Castres with the peloton gaining ground

Txurruka speeds downhill

The peloton begin to gain ground on Txurruka and his partner with the deficit just over a minute with 13km remaining

Boonen leads the pack home in Castres

The peloton swallows up the leaders in the streets of Castres before the sprinters take centre stage in the final metres

Boonen sprints to victory

The power and pace of Boonen earns him his second win of the 2007 Tour ahead of rivals Erik Zabel and Robert Hunter



SEE ALSO
Tour de France - stage 11 photos
19 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Tour de France - stage 10 photos
18 Jul 07 |  Cycling


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