Tuesday, July 7
It was "deja vu all over again" at the Tour de France following the team time trial in Stage 4, as 37-year-old Lance Armstrong came within a spoke's width of going into the overall lead of the race and capturing the yellow jersey. Now the stage is set for an epic battle that looks to heat up particularly during the fierce mountain climb on Stage 7.
Monday, July 6
After two stages, Lance Armstrong and his Astana teammates have dominated the 96th Tour de France, managing to hold four of the top ten positions. Today's stage takes the peloton the 121 miles from Marseille to La Grande Motte. It is a flat "sprinters' stage" through the beautiful Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France.
Friday, July 3
The 21 stage, 2,200 mile Tour de France begins tomorrow in Monte Carlo with a very challenging individual time trial. On the way to the finish on the Champs Élysées, the Tour will not only run through France but through the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of Spain, the Principality of Andorra, and the Republic of Switzerland. The first stage is quite technical with multiple steep climbs. It should provide a test, right from the start, for the General Classification (GC) riders. And with Lance Armstrong riding in his eleventh Tour, this could be one of the most exciting race in years.