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Lance Armstrong found the “legs” to keep his 3rd place

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Summit of Mont Ventoux
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It was up and over Mt. Ventoux in the company of Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador (#1 and yellow jersey). It is one of the toughest climbs and Lance had the legs to stay with riders more than 10 yrs younger than himself. It was an amazing performance as I viewed it on OLN with one hour of uninterrupted TV streaming from the bottom to the top of Mt. Ventoux.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/25 at 07:51

Mark Cavendish got his fifth stage win today

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n the end, it was the sprint maestro Mark Cavendish who won, becoming the first rider since Lance Armstrong in 2004 to win five stages in one Tour de France. The Texan was the best of the GC riders, finished 12th – four seconds ahead of the next group.

I am definitely going to watch the commercial free Versus TV report of the Cote de Ventoux climb tomorrow AM!

Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking ...
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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/24 at 14:47

The Big Picture on the Tour de France

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Finally they have posted their Tour de France gallery. I have used Skitch to borrow a few images for my blog.

Here’s the front part of the peloton on Stage 6:

And then there is this image of Jens Voigt after a serious tumble off his bike on the race down the Petit Col St-Bernard. Out of the Tour:

And to contrast here is the yellow jersey on the same stage, Alberto Contador!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/24 at 11:40

Lance Armstrong is a tremendous athlete

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Seven-time winner Lance Armstrong in the maill...
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It was amazing to see Lance spurt ahead to rejoin the leaders of the pack, including his team-mate Contador, who is the overall individual leader of the Tour de France, at the top of the Petit Col St-Bernard.

At the end of the day he kept his overall second place standing, 1:37 behind his team make, Contador, who wears the yellow jersey.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/21 at 08:46

Whatever Lance Armstrong undertakes, he will achieve, for now anyway

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This image appeared with this article in NY Times.

And it took only three days of the Tour de France 2009 for him to do it with his Astana team. His and their performance in the team time trial was astonishing and they came first by 40 seconds. It is true that Lance has been very circumspect in his comments about his expectations in the Tour, but who can doubt that he thinks he has a chance to win!

Here’s what he said after the race end, “This is a confession,” he said in the news conference afterward. “I expected it to be easier. I’m not going to be last, but it won’t be like 2004, 2005 or 2001.”

And this comment from a 36 yr old official with another race team, “This certainly could mean something big or it could prove to be nothing,” Jonathan Vaughters, Garmin’s team director, said of the surge in the standings by Armstrong, who is 37. “But it’s pretty impressive.

“Thirty-eight years old and on a comeback to be two-tenths away from yellow? I mean, I’m 36 and I couldn’t do that.”

But even if he doesn’t win his performance boggles the mind. What a physical specimen and what a will to win.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/08 at 07:04

Col du Tourmalet

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The escapees escape no moreImage by Simon Aughton via Flickr

The Tour de France starts this Saturday July 5 in the Brest area of France. One stop on its two week journey to Paris is up and over the Col du Tourmalet. This epic bike climb is well known to cycling enthusiasts and renowned bike climbers like Lance Armstrong.

Here is a small visual sample of what it looks like from a point near the top of the run:

I did not snap this image. I found it via Panoramio and Picnik-ed the copy to get this view.

In case you didn’t notice the Col du Tourmalet – Hautacam climbs on the 2008 Tour de France were yesterday. Two riders from the Saunier Duval team were 1 and 2 in this stage, Piepoli and Acebo Cobo.

Tour de France 2005 Stage 16 - Col d'Aubisque
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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/02 at 07:28