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|Sylvain Calzati of France won the eighth stage -- then revealed he was rooting for Italy in the World Cup final.|
Stage: The 112-mile eighth stage cut westward from the town of
Saint-Meen-le-Grand through Brittany to the coastal city of
Winner: France's Sylvain Calzati of the AG2R team in 4 hours, 13 minutes, 18 seconds. Liquigas rider Kjell Carlstrom of Finland was second, and France's Patrice Halgand of Credit Agricole placed third.
Yellow Jersey: T-Mobile rider Serhiy Honchar of Ukraine retained the overall lead Sunday, after winning the seventh stage time trial a day earlier.
Quote of the Day: "I am perhaps going to set France against me, but I have chosen my side" -- Calzati on his preference for Italy to win the World Cup final against France later Sunday.
Next stage: Monday is a rest day, before a mostly flat ninth stage along 105.3 miles across the southwest from Bordeaux to Dax on Tuesday.
-- The Associated Press