Britain is ranked second in this year’s list of Tour de France stage wins by nation.

All four of Britain’s wins were, of course, scored by Team Columbia sprinter Mark Cavendish. Only Spain achieved more stage wins at this year’s Tour with a tally of five.

We have discounted the two wins by Italian Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) as he was kicked out of the event after returning a positive test for EPO. Although his team-mate Leonardo Piepoli (Italy) was also sacked by his team, he did not fail a dope test and his result still stands.

Cavendish won the most stages with his four victories (stages five, eight, 12 and 13). Stefan Schumacher (stages two and 20) and Alejandro Valverde (stages 1 and 6) won two stages each and the other victors have one stage apiece.

Team Columbia accounted for the most stage wins per team, with five. Caisse d’Epargne were second with three victories.

2008 TOUR STAGE WINS BY NATION
Spain: 5
Britain: 4
France: 3
Germany: 3
Norway: 2
Australia: 1
Belgium: 1
Italy: 1
Russia: 1

2008 TOUR STAGE WINS: THE RIDERS
Stage one: Alejandro Valverde (Spain) Caisse d’Epargne
Stage two: Thor Hushovd (Norway) Credit Agricole
Stage three: Samuel Dumoulin (France) Cofidis
Stage four: Stefan Schumacher (Germany) Gerolsteiner
Stage five: Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) Team Columbia
Stage six: Alejandro Valverde (Spain) Caisse d’Epargne (second to Riccardo Ricco)
Stage seven: Luis Leon Sanchez (Spain) Caisse d’Epargne
Stage eight: Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) Team Columbia
Stage nine: Vladimir Efimikin (Russia) Ag2r (second to Riccardo Ricco)
Stage 10: Leonardo Piepoli (Italy) Saunier Duval
Stage 11: Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Norway) CSC-Saxo Bank
Stage 12: Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) Team Columbia
Stage 13: Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) Team Columbia
Stage 14: Oscar Freire (Spain) Rabobank
Stage 15: Simon Gerrans (Australia) Credit Agricole
Stage 16: Cyril Dessel (France) Ag2r
Stage 17: Carlos Sastre (Spain) CSC-Saxo Bank
Stage 18: Marcus Burghardt (Germany) Team Columbia
Stage 19: Sylvain Chavanel (France) Cofidis
Stage 20: Stefan Schumacher (Germany) Gerolsteiner
Stage 21: Gert Steegmans (Belgium) Quick Step

2008 TOUR STAGE WINS: THE TEAMS
Team Columbia: 5
Caisse d’Epargne: 3
Cofidis: 2
Credit Agricole: 2
CSC-Saxo Bank: 2
Gerolsteiner: 2
Ag2r: 2
Quick Step 1
Rabobank: 1
Saunier Duval: 1



TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Sastre wins 2008 Tour de France, Steegmans takes final stage
Stage 20: Sastre sets up overall Tour victory
Stage 19: Chavanel wins, time trial showdown looms
Stage 18: Burghardt shows that Columbia can win without Cav
Stage 17: Sastre wins on Alpe d’Huez, takes lead
Stage 16: Dessel wins
Stage 15: Schleck takes lead in the Alps
Stage 14: Oscar Freire wins in Digne-les-Bains
Stage 13: Cavendish takes fourth win
Stage 12: Cavendish makes it three
Stage 11: Arvesen wins
Stage 10: Evans takes yellow jersey by one second
Stage nine: Ricco wins in the Pyrenees
Stage eight: Cavendish wins again in Toulouse
Stage seven: Sanchez takes action-packed stage
Stage six: Ricco storms to win
Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win
Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead
Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break
Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint
Stage one: Valverde wins

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: NEWS

Sastre dedicates Tour success to late brother-in-law Jimenez
Schlecks’ father’s car searched
Analysis: tactical battle on L’Alpe d’Huez [stage 17]
Schleck promises to attack main rivals
Schleck ready to defend Tour lead [stage 15]
Rest day news round-up [July 21]
Saunier Duval riders: “We are honest”
Cavendish talks to Cycling Weekly after quitting Tour
Schleck savours first ever Tour de France jersey [stage 15]
Comment: Why Cav is right to go home today
Cavendish pulls out of the Tour
Barloworld to end cycling sponsorship
Ricco speaks on Italian television
Cavendish joins the all-time greats
Saunier Duval sack Ricco and Piepoli
Tour bosses say fight against doping continues
Ricco denies doping at the Tour
Saunier Duval pull out of Tour
Tour’s top ten changes
Ricco positive for EPO at Tour
Analysis: Tour de France rest day summary
Cavendish battles through Pyrenees
Evans suffers but takes yellow jersey [stage 10]
Analysis: Hautacam shakes up 2008 Tour
Ricco silences critics with solo attack in Pyrenees [stage nine]
Cavendish talks about his second stage win [stage eight]
Beltran heads home but doubts remain about other Tour riders
David Millar: the dope controls are working
Manuel Beltran tests positive for EPO at the Tour
Comment: How the Tour rediscovered its spirit
Doping back in Tour de France headlines
Millar: close but no cigar in Super-Besse [stage six]
Super-Besse shows form of main contenders [stage six]
Millar to go for yellow [stage six]
Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]
Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win
Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]
Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]
Who is Romain Feillu?
Cavendish disappointed with stage two result
Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey
Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?
Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec
Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win
Comment: Is Valverde’s win a good thing for the Tour?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: PHOTOS

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Stage 19
Stage 18
Stage 17
Stage 15
Stage 14
Stage 13
Stage 12
Stage 11
Stage 11
Stage 10
Stage nine
Stage eight
Stage seven
Stage six
Stage five
Stage four
Stage three
Stage two
Stage one

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: BLOGS

Life at the Tour part five
Life at the Tour part four
Life at the Tour part three
Life at the Tour part two
Life at the Tour part one

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