Thursday, July 15, 2004

Le Tour De France

After over 2,000 km (1,200 miles) things are about to get interesting for riders in cycling's premier event, Le Tour de France. Up until this point, the stages have been mostly flat, and little has changed for the top contenders. That should change tomorrow when the riders end the 197 km stage with two category 1 climbs, and on Saturday when the stage ends with a "beyond category" climb. It's a time for Armstrong, Ulrich, and the top contenders to show their stuff. If you can get coverage of this event (ex: on the outdoor life network) Friday or Saturday would be a great day to watch!


Blogger Eric said...

I'll have to settle for following the coverage on the website.

Anyone know what happened to Beloki this year?

7/15/2004 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I remember hearing on the coverage of one of the earlier stages that Beloki was out. Check out this blog entry for some (hopefully acurate) details. The main blog also has some interesting posts.

The next big stage is probably Wenesday's time trial up L'Alpe D'Huez. That should be fun to watch.

7/19/2004 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if it's still close) all have the potential to be exciting. Baring an accident, it's looking good for Lance. Ulrich doesn't seem to be in top shape this year. And as previously discussed Beloki missed this year due to sponsor complications. But Basso is in position to take advantage of a weakness and might have the strength to pull an upset.

7/19/2004 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Lactic acid buffering? Pre-cooling vests? There is a very interesting and detailed article on Lance's preperation for today's time trial. It's amazing how much preparation has gone into this stage.

7/21/2004 01:37:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I hear there was a good finish today. Ulrich did pretty well today, but his performance earlier in the week leaves him several minutes back. But we still have a race between Lance and Basso.

7/21/2004 02:16:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Armstrong passed Basso on the time trial. So Armstrong now has a few minute lead on everyone. Barring a crash, it looks like Armstrong will end in yellow once again.

7/21/2004 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Woohoo! Go Lance! :) Another stage win on a sprint to the finish (and an impressive one, just catching Kloden at the line). Barring a catastrophe, he's made history with win #6.

7/22/2004 11:24:00 PM  

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