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Apparently, there's no love lost between the two (though it would've been almost impossible not to notice during the course of the Tour):
"My relationship with Lance is non-existent. Even if he is a great champion, I have never had admiration for him and I never will," the 26-year-old Spaniard told reporters.
That's funny, because in interviews from 2007 and before, he's often quoted as saying how much he admired and looked up to Lance, especially after he had spent time recovering from his brain aneurysm reading Lance's book for inspiration.
He may be the best climber right now, and he may peaking in his time trials, but without the uber-team of Popo, Haimar, Kloden, Rast, Leipheimer and Armstrong, I doubt that Alberto wil be repeating next year -- especially if he has to contend with Vinokourov and his return to the team. Add to Armstrong train George Hincapie and there'll be little hope, if any, for Alberto no matter who he's got as domestiques. What do you think?Apparently, there's no love lost between the two (though it would've been... more
"Just one day after finishing his second straight Tour de France, Ryder Hesjedal was back home in Spain on Monday enjoying a well-deserved hamburger. But it will be a couple more months before the Victoria cyclist will get a chance to enjoy any serious relaxation.
It's back to work this weekend for Hesjedal, who is scheduled to ride in the one-day San Sebastian Classic in Spain on Saturday."
That's one tough Canuck. Read more at the link."Just one day after finishing his second straight Tour de France, Ryder Hesjedal... more
Germany’s Jens Voigt crashed during the 16th stage of the Tour de France Tuesday, losing consciousness and sustaining injuries. He was flown to a Grenoble hospital, where he will undergo a full body scan.Germany’s Jens Voigt crashed during the 16th stage of the Tour de France... more
Mojave took a look at some of the major bike brands of the Tour de France to see how they played out in Social Media. We audited the current Social Media presence of Trek, Cervelo, Specialized and Cannondale and then looked at how each where mentioned in relation to the Tour de France.Mojave took a look at some of the major bike brands of the Tour de France to see how... more
#A woman dies after being hit by a police motorcycle during the 14th stage
# Police say two other people were injured and taken to hospital on SaturdayHighlights #A woman dies after being hit by a police motorcycle during the 14th stage... more
A woman has died and two other people were hurt after being hit by a police motorcycle during the Tour de France.
The accident happened on the 14th stage of the world famous cycling race.
It took place in the village of Wittelsheim, about 40km from the start of Saturday's event in Colmar.
The three were treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital in Mulhouse.
"We can confirm that one person has died. The circumstances are still somewhat unclear," Alain Fontaine, a spokesman for the gendarmerie, said.
"A woman crossed the road and was hit by a Republican Guardsman on a motorcycle Then the motorcycle slid and hit one or two more people."
The Republican Guard are the ceremonial unit of the gendarmerie.A woman has died and two other people were hurt after being hit by a police motorcycle... more
Photographer and cycling enthusiast Brent Humphreys is currently showing work that offer "ambient" impressions of the Tour de France competition at Mellow Johnny's in Austin, Texas (July 9 - 31, 2009). His images explore the race from the sidelines along Le Tour's sinewy route through the mountains, alpine country, and rural settings around France. The view of the race engages the excitement, drama, and sometimes tedium, from those watching the sport as cyclists spin past them during each stage under the hot summer sun. Check out this site for a selection of images by Brent Humphreys, which he is assembling for a book project on Tour de France. His work has been published by the New York Times, Texas Monthly, and Wired Magazine.Photographer and cycling enthusiast Brent Humphreys is currently showing work that... more
The hottest twins in history, how tequila can make you rich, and Conor kisses a corpse - all in this week's magazine roundup.
We've Got You Covered is a recurring segment on Current TV's weekly television show, infoMania. In each episode of We've Got You Covered, Conor Knighton catches you up on everything you need to know about what's in this week's magazines. For more We've Got You Covered visit: http://current.com/topics/88829107_weve-got-you-covered/ and Current TV.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.The hottest twins in history, how tequila can make you rich, and Conor kisses a corpse... more
On this week's infoMania the ghost of Michael Jackson makes an appearance on Larry King, Ben gives his thoughts on why Sarah Palin is too big for Alaska, Bryan explains why Bruno is leading the new gay revolution, Conor makes some new friends (conservative and of the corpse variety) and Sergio gets all hot and sweaty to the All American Rejects.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.On this week's infoMania the ghost of Michael Jackson makes an appearance on... more
"Ignoring the cynics who claim There's Something About Lance, Stiller is pushing the seven-times Tour champ to come out of movie retirement after four years on the sidelines.
With Dodgeball II now tipped to be infused with cycling influences, George Hincapie is touted to take on Vince Vaughn's role as the good guy, while Chuck Norris, who played himself in the original, is set to be snubbed for a man much harder, Armstrong's friend Jens Voigt.""Ignoring the cynics who claim There's Something About Lance, Stiller is... more
Organisers of the first ever Tour de France cycle race for criminals, heaved a huge sigh of relief this weekend after ALL 196 inmates taking part in the gruelling challenge crossed the finish line in Paris present and correct.
Unlike the free mans' bike race, no breakaway sprints were allowed to take place during the two-week event and instead the criminals had to cycle in a pack accompanied by 124 prison guards and a bunch of fitness instructors.
The French justice minister was in the capital to watch the inmates finish, and tick their names off the register no doubt.
Does this prove the penal Tour de France is a brilliant rehabilitative exercise? Or should the French justice department be thanking their lucky stars they weren't all made to look like idiots?Organisers of the first ever Tour de France cycle race for criminals, heaved a huge... more
With the Tour de France just around the corner (4th-26th July), Focus Home Interactive has just release the trailer for their new game.
For the PC, check out www.cycling-manager.com for more infoFrom gametrailers.com With the Tour de France just around the corner (4th-26th... more
The Fuji cycle team has not been invited to this years Tour de France (4-25 July), organizers comfirmed.
Last year, Fuji team suffered problems when Riccardo Ricco and Leonardo Piepoli were kicked out of the race after tested positive for EPO, which they were suspended.
Instead, 17 remaining were invited along with three wildcard teams, a total of 180 riders, which included Lance Armstrong (back from retirement).The Fuji cycle team has not been invited to this years Tour de France (4-25 July),... more
Just hours after discovering his time-trial bike was missing, the seven-time Tour de France winner sent out a global appeal on the social networking site, exclaiming: "Whoa!! They just came to my room and said our truck was broken into and someone stole my time trial bike! APB out to the twitterati."
I really hope that it is tracked down through Twitter that would be coolJust hours after discovering his time-trial bike was missing, the seven-time Tour de... more
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong responded strongly to the Tour organizer's new president's comment that he has "embarrassed" cycling's premier race.
"We can't say that he has not embarrassed the Tour de France, as he has had a quite a complicated history with it," Jean-Etienne Amaury said earlier Saturday in French sports newspaper L'Equipe.Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong responded strongly to the Tour... more
Lance Armstrong will join the Astana team when he makes his much-anticipated return to cycling, according to a Kazakh cycling federation offical.
"On Wednesday Armstrong will announce his decision to join our team," said Kazakhstan's cycling federation deputy president Nikolai Proskurin.
The seven-time Tour de France winner will begin his comeback at the Tour Down Under in Australia in January.
The 37-year-old Texan will reveal further details of his comeback schedule at a news conference in New York.
But Tour Down Under director Mike Turtur has already said that Armstrong has confirmed his entry for the six-day race around South Australia, centring on Adelaide, starting on 20 January.
The Kazakh-financed Astana team, now based in Switzerland, suffered two high-profile doping scandals in 2007 and were barred from this year's Tour de France despite a substantial overhaul in team management.
Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov, the old Astana team leader, tested positive for blood doping after winning a time-trial stage of the 2007 Tour, and was subsequently sacked and banned for a year.
Astana is now run by Armstrong's friend and former sporting director Johan Bruyneel, who helped the American win all his seven Tours.
Bruyneel has suggested that he would find it almost impossible not to include a fit-again Armstrong in his team.
But current team leader Alberto Contador, the 2007 Tour de France winner who recently became only the fifth rider in history to win all of cycling's three major Tours when he won the Tour of Spain, has already hinted Armstrong's presence could cause conflict.
"I've earned the right to be the leader of a team without having to fight for my place," Contador told AS newspaper.
"And with Armstrong, some difficult situations could arise in which the team would put him first and that would hurt me."
But Proskurin believes the two will work together in a new line-up.
"Currently there's certain tension in the team but I hope we are capable of keeping the situation under control," Proskurin added.
"Armstrong will not be the only star, he will be one of the team's leaders.
Lance Armstrong will join the Astana team when he makes his much-anticipated return to... more
AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, determined to win an eighth Tour de France.
Armstrong’s return from cancer to win the Tour a record seven consecutive times made him a hero to cancer patients worldwide and elevated cycling to an unprecedented level in America.
The 36-year-old Armstrong told Vanity Fair in an exclusive interview posted on its Web site Tuesday that he was inspired to return after finishing second last month in the Leadville 100, a lung-searing 100-mile mountain bike race through the Colorado Rockies.
“This kind of obscure bike race, totally kick-started my engine,” he told the magazine. “I’m going to try and win an eighth Tour de France.”
The sport and particularly the Tour have missed his star power, even though skeptics refused to believe he could win 7 Tours without the help of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
The 2009 Tour “is the intention,” Armstrong’s spokesman Mark Higgins told The Associated Press, “but we’ve got some homework to do over there.”
Tour director Christian Prudhomme did not return messages seeking comment on Armstrong’s decision. His staff said he would not comment before Wednesday morning, if at all.
Armstrong’s close friend and longtime team director, Johan Bruyneel, now with team Astana, sent a text message to an AP reporter in Paris saying he did not want to comment now.
In a video statement on his foundation’s Web site, Armstrong said details— such as a team and schedule—will be announced Sept. 24 at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.
“I am happy to announce that after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden,” Armstrong said in a statement released to The Associated Press. “This year alone, nearly eight million people will die of cancer worldwide. … It’s now time to address cancer on a global level.”
In the Vanity Fair interview, Armstrong told the magazine he’s 100 percent sure he’s going to compete in the Tour next summer.
“We’re not going to try to win second place,” Bill Stapleton, Armstrong’s lawyer and longtime confidant, told the AP.
“I think it’s great,” said longtime teammate George Hincapie, who added he spoke to Armstrong on Tuesday morning. “Like I said earlier today without Lance half the teams in this race probably wouldn’t be around. He’s done more than anyone for the sport especially in America and around the world.”
“On a personal note, I like that he’s going to be back in the peloton. He’s a great friend of mine, and I also think for the sport it’s good, too.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, determined to... more
Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, determined to win an eighth Tour de France.
Armstrong's return from cancer to win the Tour a record seven consecutive times made him a hero to cancer patients worldwide and elevated cycling to an unprecedented level in America.
The Tour "is the intention," Armstrong's spokesman Mark Higgins told The Associated Press, "but we've got some homework to do over there." Added Bill Stapleton, Armstrong's lawyer and longtime confidant: "We're not going to try to win second place."
What team he'll ride with and in what other races he'll compete are undecided, Higgins said.
Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, determined to win an eighth Tour de... more