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bikeblognyc LeTour Update

That’s right its Tour Time! That other world famous sporting event about to set off July 3rd, besides that thing that’s been going on where people kick a ball around.
Yes the world’s greatest cyclists are gathering in France to battle it out for 2 wheel supremacy.
-By no means am I any expert on professional cycling, but I can’t help but get excited about this internationally famous event, and besides people are sending me things to promote around the tour so I felt a bit obligated to pass along some information.

I’ve been doing a bit of searching on twitter, to get a little preview of this three week cycling extravaganza.

First I found a very short podcast with some commentary form Australia’s own Phil Wrochna, from the triathlon cycling blog: firstoffthebike.com.

I know this is kind of a stretch but it was 11 minutes of commentary that made some good predictions and summarized some of what to expect in this years 2010 Tour.

That can be found at backpagelead.com

Of course there are tons of articles and information and this famous American cyclist giving a preview of the tour.

Now some basic information about the race, from the official website: www.letour.fr

-This is the 97th Tour.
-From Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010,
-there will be 1 prologue and 20 stages covering 3,642 kilometres. (2,262 miles)

Other stage details:
These stages have the following profiles:

* 1 prologue,
* 9 flat stages,
* 6 mountain stages and 3 summit finishes,
* 4 medium mountain stages,
* 1 individual time-trial stage (52 km).

The race kicks off with a prologue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Friday, July 2nd.

Here is a pretty cool map showing the course:

There will be three stages in the Netherlands including a rather brutal decisive stage 3 in Wanze- Arenberg Porte du Hainaut which will involve 7 cobble stone sectors. This is reminiscent of the famous 1 day cycling event, riddled with difficult roads-the Paris-Roubaix.

Now on to the participants.

Favored to take it all, is last years winner, Alberto Contador (Team Astana)
(photo by: Bas Czerwinski/Associated Press)

Known for his all-around abilities including speed and intense hill climbing, the 27 year old Spaniard may have an easy time in this year’s race.

For some other profiles of popular contenders, check out this article in the NY Times.

Well, the LeTour is never without controversy and this year it may stem not for the modifications done to the human body through DRUGS, but rather what’s done to the bikes. Instead of hiding substances in the body, racers are being accused of hiding motors in their bikes.

Some insight in this article here.

Here is another article in the NY Times identifying some

Now here are some twitter feeds to follow. The Racers:

Alberto Contador
tweeting a photo of a team training ride in Rotterdam:

Cadel Evans (BMC)
Bradley Wiggins (team SKY)
Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
George Hincapie (BMC)
Lance Armstrong (RadioShack)
Christian VandeVelde (Garmin-Transitions)
Ivan Basso (Liquigas)

To search twitter for the tour use: #tdf or #tourdefrance

The official Tour De France tweet: twitter.com/tourfrance

Teams:
BMC

Team Radio Shack
TeamSky

News:
Phil Liggett
Bob Roll
Juliet Macur reporter with NY Times.
Cycling News
Velo News
Universal Sports featuring the Bike Snob.
Versustv

Here is some info I was sent from Bicycling Magazine on how to plug into the tour.

Here is their Top 10 riders to watch.

Article on Lance Armstrong’s greatest tour moments here.

Bicycling.com, Tour De France Podcasts.

Expert Analysis by Bill Strickland here.

and

Numerous videos can be found here.

Thanks to Paige Landsem, from Bicycling Magazine for sending these links to Tour resources.

Also the cycling map app and website Map My Ride, is having a TDF challenge which you can resister for and follow along with tour riders. Find out more Here.
(Photo by John Prolly)
Cycling wear company, Rapha has a new store opening up on the Bowery and will be having live tour coverage. Their Grand opening is Saturday, July 3rd.

John Prolly has been all over the stores activity including a press party they held tonight.

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