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  • LANCE ARMSTRONG WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Cycling chiefs helped me to cheat!

    11/18/2013 4:31:36 PM PST · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11-18-2013 | Matt Lawton
    t was the story he had denied. The story Emma O'Reilly went some way to telling when she exposed Lance Armstrong as a drug cheat. But when the conversation moved to the subject of that positive test in 1999, he not only agreed with her that she had been right but went a stage further. O'Reilly always believed there was a bigger conspiracy and with her sitting before him he finally revealed the full scale of the cover-up, naming Hein Verbruggen as a central figure in his escape from punishment. Certainly, Armstrong used this opportunity to his full advantage. He...
  • Chicago Tribune Writer: Bears Player Must 'Explain' Position on Jason Collins

    05/01/2013 8:02:05 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Of everything I've read surrounding Jason Collins, the NBA center who came out publicly as gay Monday, this column by The Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom is by far the most disgraceful piece of yellow journalism I've come across yet. Nothing blossoms the left's fascist streak faster than their own sense of puffed up sanctimony, and it is pretty obvious Collins's decision to come out has Rosenbloom puffed up in nine different ways. In a Tuesday column, Rosenbloom publicly "outed" Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs for having the gall to not express an opinion on the Collins episode. Apparently, a number...
  • NJ Rep. Leonard Lance: Janet Napolitano Must Explain Bullet Stockpile and Armored Vehicle Purchases

    03/18/2013 5:12:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/18/13 | Jim Hoft
    ATK is one company that won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition in 2012. Last Friday, New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R – 7th District) told constituents that Janet Napolitano must explain to Congress why DHS has purchased 1.6 billion bullets and 2700 armored vehicles for domestic use. The purchase of thousands of fully automatic rifles for he DHS should also be explained.
  • US Department of Justice to join lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

    02/22/2013 1:03:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 41 replies
    USNews ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Justice Department will notify a federal court Friday that it is joining one of his former racing teammates in suing him for using performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, legal sources told NBC News. The government is signing on to a lawsuit filed two years ago by Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former Tour de France teammates who has already admitted cheating. Among its claims: Landis saw Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance, and Armstrong twice gave Landis banned hormones before races.
  • Why Lance Armstrong has my sympathy

    01/17/2013 12:08:06 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 69 replies
    TheDailyCaller.com ^ | 01-16-2013 | Laurie Dhue
    Consider this: You and I have now won the Tour de France as many times as Lance Armstrong. In case you need a quick recap: After more than a year of investigating, in June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. In August, it stripped Armstrong of all competitive results from August 1998 on, and announced that he was banned from competitive cycling for life. In October, the sport’s governing body, UCI, accepted USADA’s recommended sanctions. By early November, nearly all of his sponsors had dropped him (including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, RadioShack and Oakley). In...
  • Lance Armstrong Will Ask Oprah for Absolution, Forgiveness in Interview

    01/08/2013 11:29:48 PM PST · by golux · 35 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 1.8.13 | Roger Friedman
    Lance Armstrong has decided to come clean, so to speak. Since the big dope’s life is essentially ruined, he’s apparently going to admit it all and ask for forgiveness. And who better to give it to him that Oprah? She’s got him on January 17 from 9 to 10:30pm on the hard to find OWN channel. Good for her. It used to be that celebrities went to Larry King or Barbara Walters when they needed to eat crow publicly and return to the world....(snip) ...We will wait for the usual clips, leaks, and advance bites. PS Apparently the Showtime show,...
  • Lance Armstrong Will Ask Oprah for Absolution, Forgiveness in Interview

    01/08/2013 11:28:49 PM PST · by golux · 12 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 1.8.13 | Roger Friedman
    Lance Armstrong has decided to come clean, so to speak. Since the big dope’s life is essentially ruined, he’s apparently going to admit it all and ask for forgiveness. And who better to give it to him that Oprah? She’s got him on January 17 from 9 to 10:30pm on the hard to find OWN channel. Good for her. It used to be that celebrities went to Larry King or Barbara Walters when they needed to eat crow publicly and return to the world....(snip) ...We will wait for the usual clips, leaks, and advance bites. PS Apparently the Showtime show,...
  • Lance Armstrong Cheated to Win. Why is that Wrong?

    11/20/2012 12:11:09 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 49 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 17 Nov 2010 | Nick Gillespie
    After months of bad press, the greatest competitive cyclist of all time has officially hit rock bottom: The Lance Armstrong Foundation has dropped the name of its eponymous creator and will now be known as the Livestrong Foundation. Rest easy, Lance, it can’t get much – or is that any? – worse. His story is unparalleled, Shakespearean in scope and breadth. A cocky, gum-flapping athlete battled insurmountable odds after a devastating cancer diagnosis, his greasy soul barely slipping the surly clutches of a certain dirt nap. Ultimately, he rehabilitated his battered body and morphed into a champion. Not only did...
  • Evidence of Armstrong doping 'overwhelming,' agency says

    10/10/2012 1:39:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-10-2012 | Michael Pearson
    Cyclist Lance Armstrong was part of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday in preparing to release more than 1,000 pages of evidence in the case. The evidence involving the U.S. Postal Service-sponsored cycling team encompasses "direct documentary evidence including financial payments, e-mails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong," the agency said. Armstrong lawyer Tim Herman dismissed what he called a "one-sided hatchet job" and a "government-funded witch hunt" against the seven-time Tour de...
  • Tour de France: Contador Confirms His Third Victory

    07/25/2010 12:37:32 PM PDT · by golux · 24 replies
    Versus ^ | July 25 2010 | Brian Pinelli
    Contador Confirms His Third Victory He made his winner's speech after the finish of the time trial yesterday and all Alberto Contador really had to do to ensure he was the winner of the 2010 Tour was finish the final stage. He rolled across the line with his arms aloft in 81st place. He is the champion of the Tour de France for the third time. It was significantly closer than many expected. A confident Andy Schleck put early pressure on rival Alberto Contador in what surprisingly became a dramatic race against the clock between the two riders. At the...
  • Armstrong reportedly hires defense attorney

    07/21/2010 10:14:21 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 07/22/2010 | Staff
    Seven-time Tour winner being investigated for possible fraud, doping NEW YORK - The Daily News is reporting Lance Armstrong has hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him in the federal investigation for possible fraud and doping violations by the seven-time Tour de France winner and his cycling teammates.
  • Le TourDe France Begins Today

    07/03/2010 8:31:32 AM PDT · by devane617 · 6 replies
    http://www.letour.fr/indexus.html | 07/03/2010
    Today is the day....I really enjoy watching each year: http://www.letour.fr/indexus.html
  • Armstrong ends Wiens' six-year reign as Leadville 100 champion ( Colorado )

    08/15/2009 6:43:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 737+ views
    ap ^ | August 15, 2009 | Arnie Stapleton,
    Lance Armstrong can't remember the last time he raced 65 miles by himself. So strong was Armstrong on Saturday that he left the rest of the field in the mud just 35 miles into the lung-searing Leadville 100 mountain bike race, winning the nation's highest-altitude endurance test in record time. Despite racing through freezing rain... Armstrong was so safely in front of Wiens that he didn't worry when he heard a hissing in his back tire
  • Rep Leonard LANCE (R-NJ) VOTED FOR THE ENERGY TAX cap-and-trade

    06/27/2009 12:11:50 PM PDT · by street_lawyer · 28 replies · 1,601+ views
              Most people know that New Jersey is only second to California for financial trouble. First term Congressman Leonard Lance who lives in one of the most affluent areas of New Jersey, Hunterdon County was an unsuccessful lawyer in Clinton New Jersey and practiced under the wing of his father a useless State Senator.           Lance has betrayed Republicans by casting the deciding vote for the cap-and-trade bill. He certainly did not listen to his constituents. Lance needs to be targeted and thrown out of office in 2010.
  • France not seeking sanctions against Armstrong

    04/24/2009 11:45:37 AM PDT · by rawhide · 5 replies · 428+ views
    CBS Sportsline ^ | April 24, 2009
    PARIS -- France's anti-doping agency said Friday it will not seek sanctions against cyclist Lance Armstrong over a dispute with a drug tester, ending speculation that he could be barred from the Tour de France. The AFLD agency said in a statement that it "decided to take into consideration the athlete's written explanations" and will not open disciplinary procedures. The anti-doping agency has said the American cyclist did not fully cooperate with a drug tester who showed up at Armstrong's home in France to collect blood, urine and hair samples on March 17. Armstrong had said he feared the agency...
  • An emperor without clothes has no coattails

    10/30/2008 3:13:17 PM PDT · by gridlock · 10 replies · 895+ views
    The (Don't Say Newark) Star Ledger ^ | 10/16/08 | Paul Mulshine (NJ Columnist)
    Democrat Linda Stender is running the single sleaziest campaign ad I have ever seen. Thanks to the national Republican Party, it will probably work. The ad in question is a flier attacking her Republican opponent for Congress, Leonard Lance, for supporting Christie Whitman's pension bond scheme in 1997 when he served in the state Assembly. One problem: Lance opposed the scheme. Not only did he oppose it, but he opposed it so publicly and prominently that his fellow Republicans took revenge on him by removing him from a key committee chairmanship. Yet that doesn't stop Stender, a state assemblywoman from...
  • Divide and Conquer in New Jersey

    10/30/2008 2:42:08 PM PDT · by Nichevo · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Mailer | 20081030 | Unknown
    So in today's mail, my wife and I received a mailer listing the pros and cons of two men running for our congressional seat in Somerset County. The two candidates in question are Michael Hsing and Leonard Lance. The mailer differentiates between Lance's moderate to liberal GOP stance and Hsing's stance as a staunch conservative. Lance is the GOP candidate, Hsing, after losing in the primaries, is running as an independent. The mailer is aimed at conservatives and portrays Hsing as the better candidate. He's a social and fiscal conservative, pro-life, an RNC delegate in 2000 and 2004, anti-federal funding...
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Armstrong - Hudson)

    07/31/2008 4:01:56 PM PDT · by Ron Jeremy · 15 replies · 99+ views
    WABC ^ | today | staff
    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Actress Kate Hudson and cycling beau Lance Armstrong threw in the towel after a much-publicized three-month relationship, Us Weekly reports. The couple, who were nearly inseparable, introduced each other to their families and parents, and their children spent a lot of time together. On Father's Day, Hudson's 4-year-old son Ryder was at brunch with Armstrong. The duo seemed to be getting serious quickly until they decided to call it quits.
  • Peter Lance on Book TV Sunday, March 4, 2007

    02/26/2007 1:47:33 PM PST · by AJFavish · 6 replies · 356+ views
    C-SPAN Book TV ^ | February 26, 2007
    Book TV Programs A Weekly Look at Selected Book TV Programs On Sunday, March 4 at 8:00 am Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI - and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him Peter Lance Description: Peter Lance discusses what he describes as the incompetence of the FBI and Justice Department before 9/11. In "Triple Cross" the author looks at the infiltration of the CIA and FBI by Al Qaeda agent Ali Mohamed. Mr. Lance argues that by posiing as an FBI informant, Ali Mohamed was able to lead a...
  • Carter's Arab Financiers

    12/21/2006 8:52:59 AM PST · by venizelos · 24 replies · 1,781+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2006 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    To understand what feeds former president Jimmy Carter's anti-Israeli frenzy, look at his early links to Arab business. Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
  • Basso feels 'reborn'

    11/09/2006 10:04:15 AM PST · by green iguana · 4 replies · 239+ views
    VeloNews ^ | 11-9-06 | staff
    Ivan Basso said he Thursday he feels "reborn" after signing a two-season contract with the Discovery Channel cycling team. A season stalled: Basso, seen here locking up the Giro in the 20th stage into Aprica, had hoped to win the Tour de France as well. The 28-year-old Giro d'Italia winner is expected to take the central spot in the team once occupied by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. "It's the ideal team for me," Basso told the Gazzetta dello Sport website on Thursday.
  • Viper Lance pilots trade rides

    08/17/2006 6:02:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 467+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Eydie Sakura
    8/17/2006 - MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (AFPN) -- Among the sounds of jets starting their engines and Romanian air force maintainers prepping their aircraft for departure, an American fighter pilot climbing into the back seat of a MiG-21 Lancer was a rare sight on the flightline here Aug. 11. Pilots from the 22nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron here for Exercise Viper Lance 2006 have the opportunity to ride shotgun in Romanian fighters during the exercise. "My flight in the backseat of a Lancer is a good opportunity to look at different aircraft and it's a real privilege and an honor,"...
  • New Finding Challenges Tour Champ’s Claim (Landis - Tour De France)

    08/01/2006 9:21:24 AM PDT · by jdm · 55 replies · 1,581+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8-1-06 | Juliet Macur
    Tests performed on the cyclist Floyd Landis’s initial urine sample showed that some of the testosterone in his body had come from an external source and was not produced by his system, according to a person at the International Cycling Union with knowledge of the results. That finding contradicts what Landis has claimed in his defense since the disclosure last week that he had tested positive for an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone during the Tour de France. During a news conference in Madrid on Friday, Landis said, “We will explain to the world why this is not a...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 07-24-2006

    07/24/2006 9:07:17 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 257+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-24-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Floyd Landis won the maillot jaune What's more, he did it on his own Winning Stage seventeen The best comeback I've seen After Lance, you can still hear France moan
  • Lance Armstrong to run in N.Y. Marathon

    04/21/2006 1:44:45 AM PDT · by RushCrush · 8 replies · 517+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4-20-06 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Seven times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will make his marathon debut in the New York City race on November 5, New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said on Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT Armstrong, 34, set his record winning streak after he had been diagnosed with cancer and given less than a 50 percent chance of survival. "I was thrilled to learn late last night of Lance's decision to run the New York City marathon," Wittenberg said in a statement. "A bit like winning the lottery after you thought you had lost. "Lance epitomizes both the American...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 2-24-2006

    02/25/2006 6:31:42 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 235+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 2-24-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. We know now Sheryl_Crow has breast cancer Not quite what had happened to Lance, ...err I feel for her, yet I'm still willing to bet Their mystery break-up has 'n'answer!
  • Lance Armstrong breaking up with Cheryl Crow, because of BUSH!

    02/18/2006 2:22:12 PM PST · by agincourt1415 · 152 replies · 8,341+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 2/18/2006 | Newsmax.com
    "Sheryl said Lance didn't just support Bush, - he'd go off and fight if the president asked him to," the friend said.
  • Lance Armstrong vs. Sheryl Crow: George W. Bush to Blame?

    02/14/2006 6:16:50 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 117 replies · 5,517+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | February 12, 2006 | Tina Simms
    Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have said all the right things so far as the speculation for their break shifts gears. One tabloid even examines that it may be President George W. Bush's fault as Lance is a Bush fan while Sheryl is a Bush basher. The Star details that a friend of the singer said they knew the bust up was coming. "Sheryl said Lance didn't just support Bush, - he'd go off and fight if the President asked him too. Bush and Armstrong in Aug 2005*** Recall Crow sported a "War is not the answer," tee-shirt last July...
  • Lance corporal describes events leading to Purple Heart

    11/18/2005 3:39:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 364+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 18, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Matthew K. Hacker
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2005) -- Just because a Marine is not in an infantry unit, does not mean he will not be attached to a combat patrol and be forced to depend on his training and instincts to survive. This was the case for Lance Cpl. Chris L. Wliszczak. Wliszczak was augmented from Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and attached to Small Craft Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, when he deployed to Iraq in March 2005. This Allentown, Pa., native did not think he would see much combat in Iraq being...
  • Armstrong is contemplating a comeback... Armstrong said. "it's the best way to piss the French off."

    09/06/2005 10:12:41 AM PDT · by JWAVILA · 43 replies · 1,155+ views
    Austin American-Stateman ^ | Tuesday, September 06, 2005 | Susan Halliburton
    Cycling champion Lance Armstrong is engaged to rock star Sheryl Crow and is considering coming out of retirement to try for an eighth consecutive Tour de France victory, he told the Austin American-Statesman on Monday. Since Armstrong and Crow have been living together for 18 months, their engagement may have been expected, though the couple has been dispelling breakup rumors since May. But a spring wedding followed by a summer Tour? "I'm thinking about it," Armstrong said. "I'm thinking it's the best way to piss (the French) off." Armstrong said he has entertained the idea for only the past two...
  • Lance To Bike With Bush

    08/15/2005 9:27:12 AM PDT · by Cecily · 43 replies · 1,554+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2005
    WACO, Tex. - The tour de Lance is coming to Texas. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong told ABC's "This Week" yesterday that he'll travel to Crawford, Tex., next Saturday to ride mountain bikes with the President around Bush's ranch. "It's a dream scenario for me," Armstrong said. "Now that President Bush doesn't run anymore, he rides his mountain bike fanatically. People wonder why he stays at the ranch so long - it might be the mountain bike trails." Armstrong, a cancer survivor who is opposed to the war in Iraq, said he plans to talk with the President...
  • Who's Who on the 9/11 "Independent" Commission?

    08/11/2005 2:17:27 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 14 replies · 2,158+ views
    Independent Media TV ^ | July 21, 2003 | Michael Chossudovsky
    According to The New York Times (8 July 2003): "the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said today that its work was being hampered by the failure of executive branch agencies, especially the Pentagon and the Justice Department, to respond quickly to requests for documents and testimony." Several alternative media have joined the bandwagon. George W. Bush is accused of obstructing the investigation...Former Jersey governor Thomas Kean, the commission's chairman is presented as an honest and uncompromising individual, who is courageously confronting the US government: "Without greater cooperation, Kean said, ''we cannot do the job we are supposed...
  • Quick - google Dietrich Snell. Explains a lot about AttaGate.

    08/11/2005 1:40:02 PM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 260 replies · 8,947+ views
    google ^ | epluribus_2
    don't have time to elaborate - see for yourself. This guy was the one Able Danger team briefed who decided it was not worthy of inclusion into the 9/11 report or even to the ears of comittee members since it did not fit their conclusions about Atta. THIS NEEDS TO P*O*P!
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....08-04-05...Lance Armstrong: Honoring Excellence

    08/04/2005 7:17:09 AM PDT · by DollyCali · 311 replies · 5,524+ views
    Dolly Howard / all of us | August 4, 2005 | dolly Howard
    A star he is ~ but it could have been different. Lance Armstrong could have well been an abortion statistic. His mother was a 16 year old unwed mom and poor. But she did the right thing and was a continual source of support and inspiration to Lance throughout his life. Linda, then a supermarket checkout girl, had got pregnant at the age of 16 and gave birth to her son when she was only 17. The pair enjoy an exceptionally close relationship, which Linda puts down to the fact that "we grew up together". Armstrong took on the...
  • Lance Armstrong: The Ride of a Lifetime (interview on OLN TV)

    08/02/2005 3:58:20 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 10 replies · 621+ views
    OLNTV.com ^ | OLN TV
    Join OLN for an exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong after his record 7th Tour de France victory. Lance gives the final say on the team, his rivals and plans for retirement.If this interview is like last year's, it will (hopefully) be conducted by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.The interview runs on OLN TV *tonight* Tuesday, August 2: 8-9pm and again at 11pm-12am.Part 2 of the interview runs on OLN TV on Saturday, August 6: 8-9pm and again on Sunday, August 7, 12am-1am.
  • Armstrong Doesn’t See Kerry as a Bicyclist

    07/24/2005 5:22:19 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Armstrong Doesn’t See Kerry as a Bicyclist Sunday, July 24, 2005 (SAINT-ETIENNE, France) Lance Armstrong does not think that Sen. John Kerry would make a terrific bicyclist but fears he'll try anyway. During his warmup for Saturday's time trial, the Texan watched the Democrat from Massachusetts who was sitting in the back seat of a black Peugeot limousine under the Eiffel Tower. Armstrong listed the Senator's losing qualities. "What made him so awful during the presidential election was the lack of focus, discipline, intelligence and strategic ability-- his inability to just take it on and go," Armstrong said. Those qualities...
  • Lance Armstrong Wins 7th Tour de France

    07/24/2005 7:48:52 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 265 replies · 5,038+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | July 24, 2005
    Fox Sports reporting Lance Armstrong has won his 7th Tour de France. Here's to an incredible athlete.
  • Tour de France: Stage 20 ITT Live Thread (7-23-05)

    07/22/2005 10:14:20 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 289 replies · 5,085+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | 7/23/05 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 20 - Saturday, July 23: Saint-Etienne - Saint-Etienne ITT, 55 km The showdown! All things being equal (and even with a few inequalitites) the individual time trial should provide a great spectacle at the end of a gruelling three weeks - Armstrong thrives in this race against the clock, and his dominance is well documented. But if we have a situation like 2003, this could be the clincher for the leader going into the stage, or it could provide the challenger with a whisker of hope. Here's hoping the weather stays fine and we get Ullrich out firing and...
  • Tour de France: Stage 19 Live Thread (7-22-05)

    07/21/2005 10:16:23 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 47 replies · 834+ views
    CyclingNew.com ^ | Friday, July 22, 2005 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 19 - Friday, July 22: Issoire - Le Puy-en-Velay, 153.5 km Another opportunist's stage, this short romp into Le Puy-en-Velay offers a hilly parcours, with the main climb being at the 55.5km mark up the Col des Pradeux - 11.4km at 5.6%. Not much considering what they've been through beforehand, but enough to put plenty of hurt in the riders' legs and offer something for the sprinters if they can muster the energy to have a go at the intermediate sprints (of which there are two) and possibly take the stage win. Another great opportunity for CSC's Jens Voight,...
  • Tour de France: Stage 18 Live Thread (7-21-05)

    07/20/2005 10:23:28 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 52 replies · 1,081+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | Thursday, July 21, 2005 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 18 - Thursday, July 21: Albi - Mende, 189 km This stage is made for an escape artist in the style of Laurent Jalabert - or whoever takes his place in this year's peloton - who was able to push hard enough on the climbs to get away. The finish is atop Cote de la Croix-Neuve, a brutally steep climb of 10.1% for 3.1km after climbing the Cote de Chabrits, a cat 3 short climb of 1.7km with a tough 7.1% gradient. Michael Rogers and Alejandro Valerde could both be in the mix for a win on this stage...
  • Tour de France: Stage 17 Live Thread (7-20-05)

    07/19/2005 10:25:31 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 87 replies · 1,641+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 17 - Wednesday, July 20: Pau - Revel, 239.5 km The Tour's longest stage is an opportunity for strong riders with the ability to kick at the finish to come out and make their presence felt after days dominated by the climbers and GC heavyweights. Look for Boonen to be back in the thick of it, and Robbie McEwen to spread his wings after tough days hanging out the back up the climbs. With two cat 3 and cat 4 cols, this stage is surprisingly tough due to its distance and the regularity of the smaller climbs. There won't...
  • Tour de France: Stage 16 Live Thread (7-19-05)

    07/18/2005 11:26:54 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 177 replies · 3,905+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | 7-18-05 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 16 - Tuesday, July 19: Mourenx - Pau, 180.5 km The focus of this stage will be the legendary Col d'Aubisque, which represents the final hors categorie climb of the Tour - the mountains aren't finished yet, but Aubisque represents the end of some 'extreme' climbing for riders. Armstrong took the yellow jersey on the back of this climb in 2002 - this occurred earlier in the race, and he went on to dominate the remainder of the Tour after hitting his competition hard in these opening mountain exchanges. In 2005 the situation may well be different, or we...
  • Stage 15 -- Le Tour de France

    07/17/2005 1:34:43 AM PDT · by Aeronaut · 120 replies · 3,359+ views
    Tour Website ^ | 7/17/2005
    Four cat 1 climbs ending with an HC climb!
  • Armstrong plans tribute to Casartelli on Sunday (Tour de France)

    07/15/2005 10:35:23 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 9 replies · 525+ views
    VeloNews.com ^ | July 15, 2005 | Agence France Presse via VeloNews.com
    On Sunday, Lance Armstrong will pay tribute to his former teammate at Motorola, Fabio Casartelli, who died in a crash on the descent of Porte d'Aspet a decade ago. Casartelli was the reigning Olympic road race champion in 1992, and joined Armstrong's team soon afterwards for what was supposed to be a promising future - until his fatal crash on the Pyrenean descent. On what should prove an emotional weekend for the American six-time winner of the Tour, remembering Casartelli will be one of the foremost things on the American's mind. "It's going to mean a lot, because it is...
  • Tour de France: Stage 14 Live Thread (7-16-05)

    07/15/2005 10:30:03 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 157 replies · 2,450+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | 7-16-05 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 14 - Saturday, July 16: Agde - Ax-3 Domaines, 220.5 km If Ivan Basso is still in the mix at this point of the race, eyes will be on him as the race enters the Pyrenees. Armstrong has traditionally consolidated his strong position throughout the Pyrenees and carried this on into the final time trial. In 2003 things were very tight at this stage - in 2004 he virtually had the race sown up. In 2005 this stage, and the next could be the deciding factors for the overall title. The focus will be on the 15.2km Port de...
  • Tour de France: Stage 13 Live Thread (7-15-05)

    07/14/2005 10:13:15 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 51 replies · 1,228+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | Friday, July 15, 2005 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 13 - Friday, July 15: Miramas - Montpellier, 173.5 km This is a day for the sprinters to remind everyone they're still around, with a flat stage to Montpellier that finishes in the Mosson Stadium - a grand setting for a sprint finish. The smart money would be on Robbie McEwen - Davitamon-Lotto's super sprinter has proven before he can survive the mountains and kick on when the road flattens out again. Although there are only two intermediate sprints on this day, the shorter length of this stage means that the focus will be on a stage win, and...
  • Crash costs Armstrong key climbing teammate (TDF - *Spoiler Alert*)

    07/14/2005 12:04:57 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 31 replies · 1,265+ views
    Fox Sports.com ^ | July 14, 2005 | AP via Fox Sports
    DIGNE-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong lost a key teammate when Spanish rider Manuel Beltran crashed during the 12th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. Beltran fell on the Col des Demoiselles Coiffees climb early in the 116.2-mile route from Briancon to Digne-les-Bains, hitting his head. He got back on his bike but quit after receiving treatment from a Tour doctor. "We forced him to stop, he got in the ambulance and went to the hospital," Discovery Team director Johan Bruyneel said. "They took a scan, and the first reports are pretty good. It's tough to lose a...
  • Tour de France: Stage 12 Live Thread (7-14-05)

    07/13/2005 10:35:45 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 100 replies · 1,713+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2005 | CyclingNews.com
    Stage 12 - Thursday, July 14: Briançon - Digne-les-Bains, 187 km After the difficulty of the previous day, stage 12 will seem like a gentle roll over a couple of cat 2 climbs and some smaller cols after two intermediate sprints early in the stage. The King of the Mountains jersey competition will most likely feature on this day, and after his stage victory on a similar stage at the Tour de Suisse, Davitamon-Lotto's Axel Merckx may well feel he's in with a chance of picking up a Tour stage win. The riders then say goodbye to the Alps as...
  • Tour de France: Stage 11 Live Thread (7-13-05)

    07/12/2005 11:04:39 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 242 replies · 4,500+ views
    CyclingNews.com ^ | Wed. July 13, 2005 | Cycling News.com
    Stage 11 - Wednesday, July 13: Courchevel - Briançon, 173 km Ahhh, what a day! One of the hardest days of the Tour, stage 11 finishes in Briancon, in teh middle of the Alps, after heading up the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine, the Col du Telegraphe and then straight into the Col du Galibier for a total of 54.9km of cat 1 and hors categorie climbing at no less than 6.1%. There's plenty of Tour history in these mountains, and the legendary status of all three cols has been the x-factor in victory for many Tour champions....
  • Tour de France Stage 10 (live)

    07/12/2005 5:26:00 AM PDT · by green iguana · 126 replies · 3,152+ views
    14:14 - Lead Drops To 8’40" The peloton is now 8’40" behind the seven escapees. The attack was instigated by Posthuma and Brochard in the first kilometer of the stage. These two riders were joined by Krivtsov at the 3km mark. A counter-attack from Sanchez, Facci, Bortolami and Isasi caught the three early escapees at the 16km mark. 14:09 - Eight Complete Teams There are only eight teams with a full contingent of nine riders still in the Tour. The complete formations are: Discovery Channel, T-Mobile, Rabobank, Cofidis, Quickstep, Bouyges Telecom, Gerolsteiner and Euskaltel. There are 173 riders still in...