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McEwen sprints to third win in sixth stage of Tour

Updated: July 7, 2006, 7:28 PM ET
Associated Press

VITRE, France -- Tour de France favorites, it's time to step up.

The race to become Lance Armstrong's successor begins in earnest Saturday with the first long time trial on a Tour marked by crashes and a doping investigation that has stripped the event of elite riders.

After an opening week when top riders took few risks and the glory belonged to sprinters like Robbie McEwen, the time trial should help reveal the true contenders in a depleted field.

McEwen's win in Friday's ...

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