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Tour de France leaves Belgium

10 July 2007

WAREGEM (AP) – Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara wore the leader’s yellow jersey in Tuesday’s third stage of the Tour de France, a trek taking the peleton from Belgium to France and favouring sprinters.

The Swiss rider was caught in a big pileup during Monday’s second stage, but shook off a hand injury to start from the Belgian town of Waregem for the 236.5-kilometre  route ending in Compiegne, northeast of Paris.

Organisers said that 53 riders had submitted blood tests on Tuesday morning.

There were no abnormal blood parameters found and all were deemed apt to race. The teams tested were Tour contender Alexandre Vinokourov’s Astana, the Discovery Channel, T-Mobile, Francaise des Jeux, Predictor-Lotto and AG2R.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said Monday the sport’s governing body has added team managers and staff to the list of people he wants to sign the anti-doping charter.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news