Scanlon holds his own in Tour de France


Mark Scanlon continued his solid start to the Tour de France with another impressive performance in today's first stage proper.

The Sligoman, the first Irish cyclist to take part in the Tour since Stephen Roche in 1993, displayed no sign of nerves during yesterday's prologue and improved his overall standing in the 202.5-kilometre stage from Liege to Charleroi in Belgium.

Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu won the stage of the Tour de France today, edging out Robbie McEwen and Thor Hushovd in a thrilling sprint finish.

Kirsipuu, who rides for Scanlon's AG2R Prevoyance team, held his nerve in the final stages get there at the line.

Prologue winner Fabian Cancellara, the Swiss who rides for Fassa Bortolo, holds onto the leader's yellow jersey, ahead of Norwegian Hushovd, who is competing for Credit Agricole.