It’s all change again at the 2007 Tour de France after Rabobank’s Michael Rasmussen soloed to victory on the 165km eighth stage between Le Grand Bornand and Tignes on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Dane, affectionately known as ‘Chicken’, after a Danish children’s television character, slipped away from breakaway companions Antonio Colom (Astana) and Caisse d’Epargne’s David Arroyo as the three hit the 18km final climb up to the ski resort.
After showing in the last two editions of the Tour what a great climber he is, taking the King of the Mountains jersey on both occasions, could this be the year Rasmussen steps up as a yellow jersey contender, with one more tough stage in the Alps to come, and with the Pyrenean stages still to come next week?
“The Pyrenees are extremely difficult this year,” a tired but delighted Rasmussen said in the post-race press conference, suggesting that that would work in his favour. “But I still have another 110km of time trialling to negotiate, which I think I’ve proven in the past isn’t exactly my speciality, so nothing has been decided yet.”
Follow Rasmussen’s progress on BikeRadar.com’s daily podcast – today reviewing stage eight, which includes more from the Dane’s press conference.