Thursday, July 1, 2010

Le Tour 2010 and Lance Armstrong's "Final" Tour de France?

Le Tour 2010 is expected to be Lance Armstrong's last Tour de France run ... again.  The American cyclist has stated that he was retiring in the past, only to resurface.  The 38 year old finished third during the 2009 Tour and has won seven Tour titles in his career.

During the 2010 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong will be racing with Team Radio Shack in its inaugural year.  A win on the part of Armstrong will be a great feat for both the athlete and the team.

Previously, Armstrong raced with the US Post Office team.

Where Lance has an edge over his competitors is in the mountains.  The mountainous regions are what make or break the various competitors. The flat surfaces aren't where the key competitors win- but making a mistake where it's easy is where races can be lost. 

This year the competitors will have to navigate not only mountains but also cobblestone roads.  In addition, the race doesn't take place exclusively in France.  On July 3rd it will get underway in Brussels. 

Having watched several Tours- and even being present in Paris for the finale of the 2002 Tour, I must say that my favorite part of the tour is when the cyclists make it to the Champs Elysees in Pairs and zip around the various sites of the City of Lights.  This is where the winner of the entire Tour - not just the stage - is determined.

Who will win the Maillot Jaune? Stay tuned daily as each stage has it's own yellow jersey.

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