Monday, July 28, 2008

Sweet Ride Into Paris for "Gotland"

The 2008 Tour de France is now a sweet memory for Sweden's Thomas Lövkvist. The 95th Tour wrapped up on the Champs-Élysées Sunday, with Lövkvist, nicknamed Gotland by his friends and fans, finishing in the "Top 50" in the overall standings. 180 riders began the race three weeks ago. Four riders were disqualified for failing a doping test. 32 cyclists did not finish due to a time cut and/or health issues. "Gotland" solidified his "Top 50" standing with a "Top 15" (11th place) finish at Saturday's 53 kilometer time trial from Cérilly to St. Amand-Montrond, the fastest Stage 20 cyclist in the "Young Rider" category. He ends the 2008 Tour with a 41st place finish overall and a 6th place finish among the "Young Riders." Spain's Carlos Sastre captures the Tour de France title with a 58 second victory over Australia's Cadel Evans.

Link: San Francisco to Stockholm's Tour de France archive

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