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Submitted by admin on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 15:06
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Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti and Reuters - Editor: Pete Geyer
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Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 00:50
- French sports daily L'Equipe Saturday is reporting that Lance Armstrong will arrive in France Monday to begin preparing for the Tour de France (July 3-25). While Armstrong was not expected to compete in the Dauphiné Libéré (June 6-13), L'Equipe reports that a source tells them the Tour de Suisse (June 12-20) is also unlikely. Armstrong is expected to begin training in and around his European base at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/23/2009 - 18:21
- Team RadioShack manager, Johan Bruyneel, today announced the final roster for the 2010 squad - 26 riders from 16 different countries.
The riders, in alphabetical order:
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/01/2009 - 15:23
- American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) won Stage 1 today of the Circuit Franco-Belge (to October 4). Stage 2 Tuesday starts in Maubeuge and finishes in Poperinge. The official website is here. Live ticker here.
Lance Armstrong's 2010 season schedule is starting to take form...
The October issue of Velo Magazine (French) just hit newsstands and the cover story is an interview with Lance Armstrong regarding his new team, RadioShack, and his plans for the 2010 season.
Velo Magazine and its publisher, L'Equipe, continue to refer to Armstrong's new team as "The Shack" but all indications (most notably UCI press releases) are that the team will be known as RadioShack. Velo Magazine asked Armstrong what the name will be and he said he believes it will indeed be known as RadioShack. The jersey colors are expected to be black, red and white. (These are the longtime colors of RadioShack logos.)
As previously reported, Armstrong's 2010 season will begin in Australia with the Tour Down Under (January 19-24). His first 2010 race in Europe may be the Tour of Murcia (Spain, March 3-7) "or possibly Paris-Nice" (March 7-14) Armstrong told Velo Magazine. (Also, as we reported last February, Armstrong told Eddy Merckx he would race in the 2010 Tour of Qatar (February 7-12).)
In April, Armstrong may race some of the spring classics; "La Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, we're not sure". Armstrong noted the May conflict between the Giro d'Italia (May 8-30) and the Tour of California (May 16-23, previously in February); "RadioShack is an American sponsor but the Giro is good preparation for the Tour de France." The Tour of California will already suffer from less world media exposure going head to head with the Giro; Armstrong racing the Giro would be a huge blow to the American race.
Having previously commented that he would not repeat his 2009 pre-TDF preparation in the U.S., Armstrong told Velo Magazine that in 2010, "June will be more traditional, in Europe." (the Dauphine Libere (June 6-13) has been his favored pre-TDF race in the past but depending on what he does in May, the Tour of Switzerland (June 12-20) or even just training and reconnaissance may be more likely).
Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 14:01
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Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:21
- Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 10 departs Limoges at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Issoudun between 16:59 and 17:25 CET (10:59am and 11:25am U.S. Eastern). Tour de France live coverage on Versus TV is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern (8:00am U.S. Eastern for the Versus live streaming). Live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern).
- More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come...
- Tour de France: Today is the first of two rest days.
- Many news outlets are referencing Lance Armstrong's comments Sunday, in a post-Stage 9 interview on French TV, regarding his likely return to race another Tour de France in 2010. Appearing with two-time Tour champion and current broadcaster Laurent Fignon, currently undergoing treatment for cancer, Armstrong also comments on the possibility of creating a new team with Johan Bruyneel (Nike may be involved but they are looking for a title sponsor) and answers a question assessing his interest in one day becoming president of the UCI ("That job is harder than doing the Tour. And I'd have to live in Switzerland!") He also talks about Livestrong in France (all monies collected from bracelet sales remain in France). Fignon comments that he sees that Armstrong is getting "better and better" throughout the Tour. Armstrong states that though the Tour is approaching halfway point, in terms of racing "we're only 25% done". Armstrong also acknowledges there is some tension on the team related to his rivalry with teammate Alberto Contador. Actor/director Ben Stiller tells Armstrong to bug off while he (Stiller) prepares for the TTT. And show host Gerard Holtz calls Armstrong a geek, due to his love of Twitter, etc. The show also includes highlights from the first week of race action. You can watch the full show online (21:08), link below. -Pete
Watch Lance Armstrong's Sunday interview on France TV
Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 03:12
Watch Lance Armstrong on Vivement Dimanche (France 2 TV) with Michel Drucker
- Lance Armstrong was featured on the popular Vivement Dimanche program on France 2 television yesterday. Hosted by the highly respected Michel Drucker, the program includes guest commentary and questions from a number of celebrities including 5-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx, 2-time TDF champ Laurent Fignon, Eric Fottorino (writer and director of Le Monde), and French writer Christian Laborde (longtime Armstrong fan and author of the book "Champion" about Armstrong). Drucker recently travelled to Aspen, Colorado for the feature which includes highlights from Armstrong's career, accompanied by a variety of song clips from the Alan Parsons Project's Sirius (the music long used to introduce the Chicago Bulls players before home games) to John Denver's Rocky Mountain High. The program is a full hour long and you can watch it online here. (Armstrong mostly speaks in English, sometimes dubbed in French, sometimes with sub-titles.) Nicely done.
2009 Men's British National Road Race Championships: British born and American raised (Texas),
2009 Men's British National Road Race Championships: Peter Kennaugh (100% ME, third),
Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/24/2009 - 21:17
2009 Nevada City Classic: Lance Armstrong's last race before the Tour de France.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 11:26
Update: The AFLD has confirmed that the case is closed with a statement on its website here. (French, .pdf) In short, they met on the matter yesterday, took Armstrong's version of events into consideration, and closed the case without proceeding with testing of the hair sample. (Blood and urine tests were clean.)
7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has just reported via Twitter that he has heard from the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) regarding the testing of blood, urine and hair samples he gave while in France in March. "Case closed, no penalty, all samples clean," wrote Armstrong.