Friday, June 18, 2004

Tour de France News

There are only 16 days left until the Tour de France, and the Spanish rider Joseba Beloki, Lance's main rival in 2002, and crashed out last year, announced he will not be racing in this year's Tour de France due to lack of fitness. At the end of 2003, he signed to Brioches La Boulangere (a French team) for until the end of 2005, but then he decided to cut it short and end at the end of this year, then he decided to quit in June. He is now training for the Vuelta a Espana (a major stage race in September).

Here is a picture of the coffee table book about Lance Armstrong's carreer that I mentioned in a previous post.

I never like to look at Lance struggling in a time trial like that and don't like to see him in that jersey design because I always think about that. I hope you don't have that problem.
Lance's team (United States Postal Service Presented by Berry Floor) will quit for 2005, but it will be replaced by the Discovery Chanel Team until the end of 2007 I guess. At the end of this year, the team will have the Discovery Chanel logo on it prominately. Read more at Lance's web site. Maybe this means we will have to watch lance and bike races on the Discovery Chanel instead of the current OLN. Lance announced he will ride the 2005 Tour de France, but just to make the change go more smoothly.
You can also read the entire first chapter of Lance's new book, "Every Second Counts", here.

There is a book called the Tour de France Centennial Book and is a coffee table book about the Tour de France with 360 pages of images and stories about the race in both black and white and color. It only costs $24. A limited edition.

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