Category Archive: Tour de France 2005

What's to become of Only Lance Network when Lance retires?

If he holds to his previously announced plans, Lance Armstrong will no longer be a professional bicycle racer this time next week. Armstrong has said he would retire from racing at the conclusion of the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday.

The impact on the leading cyclists in next year's Tour will be huge. But the effect on OLN and …

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Hincapie wins mountain stage; Armstrong firm grasp on lead

US cyclist George Hincapie pulled off one of the most surprising moves of the Tour de France this year by winning Sunday's grueling 127-mile stage over six mountain passes in the Pyrenees.
Lance Armstrong retained the yellow jersey in the overall competition, but the other overall leaders' standings got shuffled as the continuous climbing exhausted the peloton.

The stage win by Discovery Channel Pro Cycling …

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Sunday's poignant side note to Armstrong's last tour

Sunday's stage of the Tour de France will surely stir memories for Lance Armstrong, who will be looking back to a tragedy 10 years earlier as he pedals closer to the end of his career.
One of five climbs in the race from Lézat-sur-Lèze  to Saint-Lary Soulan is the Col de Portet d'Aspet. The peloton will pass the site where — nearly 10 years ago to the day — Italian Fabio Casartelli, a member of Armstrong's Motorola team, went down in a collision, slid into a concrete barrier, and suffered fatal head trauma.

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Armstrong survives attacks in Pyrenees

T-Mobile went out to destroy the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team in Saturday's stage of the Tour de France and came within one man of success.

They never did break Lance Armstrong. Dropped briefly by the group of overall leaders on the lower part of the Port de Pailhères, Armstrong recovered and survived to cross the top in a chase group that …

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Hot action in Pyrenees begins Saturday

Jan Ullrich says in his T-Mobile diary that hot temperatures in the Pyrenees will play into his and teammate Alexandre Vinokourov's hands:

“The mercury is supposed to hit 39 degrees in the Pyrenees – something that suits both of us.
Lance (Armstrong)seems to have experienced the most difficulties in really hot weather – like at a 2003 stage. Then the day after, it was …

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American Horner taken at finish line by McEwen

(Updated July 16) Now American cyclist Chris Horner knows it's not smart to play cat and mouse with another rider with the peloton breathing down your neck at the Tour de France.

Racing in his first season in Europe, Horner and Sylvain Chavanel were checking each other on the run into Montpellier when sprinter Robbie McEwen and the peloton swallowed them up less than 100 yards …

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Hey Jan, wake up and smell the end of the Tour!

When Jan Ullrich lays down and closes his eyes to go to sleep at night, there must be an enduring image that's burned into his retinas from the day's activities: Lance Armstrong's backside.

Ullrich is the rider in pink T-Mobile jersey that we see in the background of all those Armstrong on-the-road photos. Armstrong's the one in front looking cool …

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Frenchman Moncoutie wins battle on Bastille Day

French cyclist David Moncoutie won Thursday's Tour de France stage on his country's most important day of the year.

Bastille Day in France means the pressure to win a stage is on the French riders. And since most of those French riders are far down the list in the overall classification, the pressure was off Lance Armstrong …

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Vino wins, announcing “I'm far from being out of the race”

Alexandre Vinokourov, the cycling champion of Kazakhstan, had something to prove at the Tour de France on Wednesday. After cracking on the climb to Courchevel Tuesday and losing about 6 minutes to Lance Armstrong, Vino put himself back in the race.
The T-Mobile rider, one of three team members designated to challenge Armstrong this year, joined an early breakaway and survived to …

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Lance Armstrong takes overall lead again in TDF

Lance Armstrong climbed back into the yellow jersey in the 10th Stage of the Tour de France today.

And you can stick a fork in Jan Ullrich, Alexandre Vinokourov and Andreas Kloden. The T-Mobile riders look like they're done.

So are most of the other pre-ride favorites after Armstrong's Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team fried the peloton on the 14-mile …

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