Late Crash, New Tour Leader

Luxembourg rider now wears yellow jersey after Schumacher goes down
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 7:38 PM CDT
Stefan Schumacher of Germany reacts after crossing the finish line in the sixth stage of the Tour de France.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Tour de France has a new leader today after previous front-runner Stefan Schumacher crashed in the last half-mile on a hill, the Telegraph reports. The German cyclist managed to get back up quickly but had to climb the hill from a dead stop. He fell to third in the overall standings. The new cyclist with the yellow jersey is Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen—the man Schumacher crashed into on the hill. "That's life," said Schumacher.

Kirchen, meanwhile, dismissed suggestions he was responsible for his rival's spill. "I'm very surprised to hear that," he said. "I was trying to move up on the right when everyone switched to the right, so I had to brake. But I think I would have taken the yellow jersey anyway." Italian Riccardo Ricco finished first in today's stage, the sixth of the 21-stage race.