Saturday, July 3, 2010

2010 Tour de France: Armstrong's Last Tour, Route, and Day 1 Highlights

The 2010 Tour de France is a test of endurance. The Tour de France during 2010 is Lance Armstrong's last hoorah before bowing out, although there aren't many people out there that believe that the cyclist is really on his way out.

The 2010 Tour Route actually started not in France, but in Rotterdam. The Dutch are extremely excited about today's prologue, which was an easy 8.9km.  Basically, today's leg was just a show for the wild, crazy crowds in the Netherlands.

Tomorrow, le Tour advances from Rotterdam to Belgium on its mecca to France.  We won't see any mountain stages until around July 10th, where le Tour advances to the French Alps.  Prior to then, the challenge will come on July 6th, where about eight miles of cobblestone will have to be navigated as le Tour crosses over from Belgium into France via Arenberg Port du Hainaut.

The first Maillot Jaune of the season was awarded to Team Saxo's Fabian Cancellara from Germany, meaning that starting out in the race he's in the #1 slot.  Anyone who knows the Tour knows that the standings change day after day.

This year, the winner will be determined by who can navigate the hard mountain climbs as well as those who can successfully navigate some of the simpler, albeit challenging routes - especially the route which includes cobblestone which can be a nightmare when wet.

Today was only the prelude of le Tour de France. Tomorrow will see more cycling action as the race gets more serious.

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