Tag Archives: Tour de France

The final word on Lance Armstrong? George Carlin unloads

A documentary on Lance Armstrong will be released later this year

So much has been written about Lance Armstrong, it’s hard to know what to believe and what to think about the disgraced athlete. I don’t think about it much now, except for when the Tour de France is on the horizon. And that makes me think of George Carlin. Like many other journalists, I wrote about Armstrong’s accomplishments for nearly ... Read More »

Tour de France: Forget cyclists, cars have huge daily peloton

Tour de France team car from decades ago.

It’s not often viewed in television coverage, but the caravan of thousands of vehicles that progress each day from stage to stage in the Tour de France is as staggeringly complex as the race. Construction crews’ 18-wheelers, race officials’ cars, sponsors’ VIP cars, media cars and motorcycles, team cars, law enforcement fleets and thousand of fans’ cars and motor homes. ... Read More »

Tour de France: Double trouble looms as L’Alpe d’Huez awaits

The infamous switchbacks of L'Alpe d'Huez

The most famous and infamous Tour de France climb begins in Bourg d’Oisans, a base camp for mountain tourists, sporting extremists and mineralogists. For professional cyclists, the city represents one thing: It’s the beginning of the 9.6-mile, 3,800-foot climb to L’Alpe d’Huez, the mountaintop gateway to the Alps. While brief compared to all-day road affairs, the fastest riders who challenge ... Read More »

Tour de France 100 commentary: Where’s Stuart O’Grady?

Tejay van Garderen won the Tour of Cailfornia and USA Pro Challenge in 2013.

The remaining four-rider American contingent at the Tour de France — Brent Bookwalter and Tejay van Garderen of BMC, and Tom Danielson and Andrew Talansky of Garmin-Sharp have all had their difficulties. That’s the Tour. Van Garderen and Danielson have both finished in the top-10 overall, but won’t get anywhere close this year. Bookwalter has been the team rider he ... Read More »

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