Pereiro to get Tour de France yellow jersey next week

Long wait for Spaniard finally over


Spanish rider Oscar Pereiro will receive his yellow jersey as the retrospective winner of the 2006 Tour de France next Monday in Madrid, organisers announced Tuesday.

The 2006 runner-up has been moved up to first position after American Floyd Landis was stripped of the title for doping.

Pereiro finished the 2006 edition 57 seconds behind Landis but the American tested positive for testosterone following his 17th stage win at Morzine, three days before the finish in Paris.

Landis is the first winner in the 100 year history of the cycling blue riband to be stripped of the title for doping. Pereiro, who rides for the Caisse d'Epargne team, was 10th in this year's event, the same result as in 2004 and 2005.

© AFP 2007

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