Tour de France Starts Today … All Eyes on 7 Time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong and his Return


If it’s the 4th of July, it means it is also the start of the Tour de France. This year all eyes, Lance_Armstrong2009especially American one’s, will be back watching the Tour de France as 37 year old Lance Armstrong is making a comeback and returning to the bike racing after a 3 1/2 year retirement. One thing is for certain, I have no idea how Lance Armstrong will finish this year in the Tor; however, he is the only reason why I will even tune in and watch.

Official site of the Tour de France.  can also be seen on the Versus website.

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong has begun his comeback at the Tour de France in the first-stage individual time trial.

The 37-year-old Texan, back after 3 1/2 years of retirement, took off 18th among the 180 cyclists Saturday who are rolling down the start ramp one-by-one for the race against the clock.

The 9.6-mile stage takes riders along the winding, hilly roads of the small Mediterranean principality of Monaco.

As stated in SI, the time trial was also likely to show right away whether Armstrong’s 37-year-old legs still have it. We shall see how it pans out.

Lance Armstrong’s controversial return looms large in the Tour de France

The American will be the eighteenth rider to leave the start ramp in the 15.5km (9.6 miles) time-trial today, nearly three hours before the main contenders set off. It is a far cry from his glory years when, as defending champion, he was always the last man away.

Armstrong’s early start may be an attempt to play down his chances, or, given the local trend for late afternoon showers, could be a cunning plan to avoid descending through steep hairpins in the rain. In any event, the Texan can expect to be back at his hotel by the time his younger Astana team-mate – and potential rival – Alberto Contador, of Spain, takes to the road.

They could just as easily have substituted ‘Le Tour de France’ for Armstrong’s name

The real face of Lance Armstrong, screamed the headline of one of France’s national newspapers yesterday, before devoting pages 2-6 to ‘The Boss’.

They could just as easily have substituted ‘Le Tour de France’ for Armstrong’s name.
His craggy 37-year-old features stare out of the backdrop for bulletins on the nation’s television news broadcasts too.


Posted July 4, 2009 by
Sports, World | one comment

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    One Response to “Tour de France Starts Today … All Eyes on 7 Time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong and his Return”

    1. Dolf on July 7th, 2009 5:22 am

      strong performace by Lance yesterday.

      don’t think he will win it, but I am routing for him (if only to anoy those Frenchies)

      Go Lance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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