We still may be eating Freedom Fries and American Toast, but that’s not going to stop Armericans from tuning into the Tour de France. Almost three years after the LIVESTRONG craze exploded over in the U.S., millions around the world still proudly wear their yellow rubber bracelets in support of the fight against cancer. Thanks mostly to Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France has become a well-respected event, and the number of cycling enthusiasts continues to grow every year.
Of course, no one presumably tunes into the Tour for controversy, but that’s exactly what happened in the 2006. There hasn’t been a controversy since the ’98 Tour that has shaken the event like last year’s scandal. Thirteen riders were expelled from the tour, including top riders Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso. American Floyd Landis won the closest three-way finish in the race’s history. However, a urine sample taken from Landis immediately after the race twice showed tracings of a banned synthetic testosterone as well as a ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone nearly three times the limit allowed by World Anti-Doping Agencyrules. Speculation has it that Landis will be disqualifield, therefore crowning second place finisher Oscar Pereiro (Spain) champion.
While the Tour is certainly one of the less exciting sports events to watch -- considerably so because it takes place over a course of three weeks -- it became sort of a gimmick with the public and media keenly watching to see how many consecutive wins Armstrong can string together. Lance’s lucky number hit seven after his ’05 victory, presumably his last race ever.
Below is web guide for general information, previews and recaps dedicated to the Tour.
Tour de France Web Guide
Tour de France
Let's hope you speak French, or you won't get very far on the official Tour site. Oh, stop complaining, there's an English version too. Here you can find updated news stories, a map of the course, and a historical database that reaches as far back as 1903.
The best news source on the Tour can be found on this simple blog page.
Everything you'll ever need to know on the rules and history of the cycling race.
This cycling enthusiast site features top stories, training tips, and even Lance's very own news section.
The Outdoor Live Network's coverage of the race features a full tour schedule.