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Casper wins first stage; Hincapie takes yellow jersey

Updated: July 3, 2006, 11:34 AM ET
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STRASBOURG, France -- George Hincapie took the overall lead Sunday in a Tour de France blown wide open with the loss of top riders in a doping scandal, while Frenchman Jimmy Casper won a sprint finish to capture the first stage.

Hincapie rode with Lance Armstrong on all of his record seven Tour victories. Now, with Armstrong retired, the American is looking to make his own mark.

"I'm in very good shape," Hincapie said.

Norway's Thor Hushovd, winner ...

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