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Valverde takes first stage; Cofidis rider out with broken wrist after crash

Updated: July 5, 2008, 5:40 PM ET
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PLUMELEC, France -- Alejandro Valverde is determined to contend for the Tour de France title. And the Tour de France is determined to run a clean race.

The Spaniard won the opening stage in a final sprint Saturday as cycling's three-week showcase took a first step in trying to get beyond the doping scandals that for years have battered the race and the entire sport.

"I've achieved two of my objectives: to win a stage and to wear the yellow jersey," Valverde said. "That's done today. ...

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