German cyclist Stefan Schumacher came out of nowhere today to snag the first place finish during the individual time trial today during the Tour de France. Stage 4 today started and finished in a loop from the town of Cholet, France. Schumacher has been racing for Team Gerolsteiner since he made his UCI ProTour debut two years ago. He will celebrate his 27th birthday on the rest day in two weeks between Stages 15 and 16.
More on today's Individual Time Trial in the Tour de France:
- Tour de France for the rest of us: First it was Spain that celebrated. Yesterday the French could celebrate. Today, it's the Germans. Tomorrow?
- TDF blog: Schumacher takes time trial.
- KWC Cycling: Schumacher? and Vaughters apologizes for the F-bomb on live television.
- Stefan Schumacher TdF 2008 photos on Flickr: Cholet, podium, Time Trial.
- VeloNews: Schumacher busted for amphetamines. Go speed racer.
- Get daily podcast updates of the Tour at The Fredcast Cycling Podcast.