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Norwegian Hushovd takes second stage; Valverde retains overall lead

Updated: July 6, 2008, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

SAINT-BRIEUC, France -- With villagers calling out to him as he sped through the countryside, Alejandro Valverde kept his lead in the Tour de France on Sunday and basked in the honor of wearing the yellow jersey.

The Spaniard held back as Norwegian sprint specialist Thor Hushovd won the second stage in a sprint in completing the 102-mile ride in Brittany from Auray to Saint-Brieuc.

"It was an incredible thing to spend today with the yellow jersey on my shoulders," Valverde said. "Every ...

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