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New Lance Armstrong Documentary Film

Gibney and crew followed the American cyclist for four years with the intent of chronicling his return to cycling after retirement as Armstrong tried to win his eighth Tour de France. Then the truth came out. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – No honor among thieves (cyclists)

The first three stages through the Pyrenees haven’t yielded the clear leader most of us were hoping for. Instead, the 31 second lead held by Andy Schleck has been erased, and Alberto Contador now holds an 8 second lead. Since my last post, both Denis Menchov (2 minutes back) and Samuel Sanchez (2 minutes 13 seconds back) have been able to close the gap on the leaders. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – Stage 9

The sorting continues in the Alps with only 2 riders left within 2 3/4 minutes of the lead. Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador shattered the rest of the contenders on the final climb of the day. Though they did not sprint for the stage win, the two caught the breakaway within a kilometer of the finish, leaving all the other contenders spread across the mountain. Cadell Evan’s, who started the day in yellow, lost over 8 minutes, not only ending his hope for a victory, but probably ending all hope for a podium finish. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – Stage 8: The End of an Era

Today was a sad day in the history of the Tour de France. Bad luck and age caught up with Lance Armstrong today to leave him 13’26″ off the lead. Compounding his trouble on the cobbles in stage 3, Lance fell 3 times today and at age 38, he just didn’t have the gas to rejoin the leaders. Regardless of the falls, Lance really didn’t have what it took to keep pace on the climb as teams Sky and Astana held a fast tempo up the high mountains. The other contenders, Contador, Evans, Schleck and Menchov were able to stay together. Notably, Lance’s teammate Levi Leipheimer was able to stay with the leaders, and leave team Radio Shack with a shot at the podium. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – Stages 2-4

The 2010 Tour de France had a rough and tumble couple of stages. Stage 2 wasn’t expected to be much trouble, but the slick descents caused Andy Schleck and Christian Vandevelde to fall and lose ground on the other GC contenders. In response, Andy’s teammate Fabian Cancellera slowed down the entire peloton and prevented the bunch sprint as a kind of protest against the tour organizers, and allowing Andy to rejoin the group. Christian was out a a result of broken ribs suffered on the fall. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – Prologue

The 2010 Tour de France is being touted as a rivalry between 7-time champion Lance Armstrong and 2-time champion Alberto Contador. Both men are great riders, but the tactics to the podium will differ greatly. It is almost a classic tortoise vs. hare story.

Lance is at the end of his career and his days [...]

Yell for Cadel – Backstage at the Tour de France

YELL FOR CADEL goes behind the scenes at the Tour de France to reveal how a world class cyclist – Australian Cadel Evans, the recent winner of the World Championships – prepares for the world’s toughest bike race. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – The Route

On October 14, 2009 the Tour de France organizers released he map for the 2010 tour. 2010 makrs the 100th anniversary to the Tour’s first time through the Pyrenees. The 2010 tour will be more brutal than average, really separating thee players, beginning with a short 8 km prolouge in Rotterdam and culminating with the only timetrail (51 km) from Bordeaux to Pauillac 19 stages later. [...]

Tour de France 2009: Stage 21 The Fat Lady Sings

One of the biggest stories of the 2009 Tour de France is that there were NO scandals or drug accusations. Alberto Contador’s 2007 victory was marred by the number of riders excluded for positive drug tests or missed testing during training. [...]

Tour de France 2009: The Battle on Mont Ventoux

It is obvious that either Alberto Contador, currently first overall or Andy Schleck, currently second overall, could have battled for the stage win at the top of Mont Ventoux and closed the 38 second gap to stage winner Juan Manuel Garate. Instead, both leaders chose to be great teammates and lead their team’s battle for podium places in Paris [...]