Christian Vande Velde of the Garmin-Slipstream team won the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race, a 107.8-mile ride from Vichy to St Etienne on Wednesday.
Sylvain Chavanel seized the lead in the Paris-Nice cycling race after the 165.5-kilometer third stage on Wednesday, raising hopes of a first French victory since 1997 in the Race to the Sun.
American Floyd Landis took the Paris-Nice lead thanks to a breakaway on the final climb of the 168.5-kilometer third stage with stage winner Patxi Vila Errandonea on Wednesday.
Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands won the third stage of the Dauphine Libere race on Tuesday and took the leader's yellow jersey from Australian Cadel Evans.
French customs agents looking for doping products stopped, searched and released a car driven by the father of Tour de France riders Frank and Andy Schleck on Thursday, officials said.
Marcus Burghardt of Germany has won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, while Carlos Sastre of Spain maintained the overall lead.
Frenchman Christophe Moreau won stage two and took the overall lead of the Dauphine Libere stage race on Tuesday.
Lance Armstrong won Stage 20, an individual time trial, Saturday.