View Full Version : todays stage, Fromentine 19km

07-02-2005, 05:02 AM

07-02-2005, 05:26 AM
Jan Ulrich has booboo yesterday while motorpacing. not a good beginning. minor scrapes but he smashed the cars rear window,,eek
Ulrich has been on Armstrongs heels for awhile.


Joe (SoCal)
07-02-2005, 05:31 AM
On it.

Curious Lee how come Discovery Channel is not broadcasting coverage. Since they are sponsoring a team?

I do NOT :( have OLN in my cable package :( :( :(

I'm confined to reading about it on the web.

07-02-2005, 05:35 AM
I'd like to find the weather in Fromentine. It's not like this stage is significant but it looks like a nice place for a beachy vacation.


This just posted on Cyclingnews...

French government random dope control tests one rider: Lance Armstrong

By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Nantes

As defending Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was relaxing Friday afternoon in his hotel room in Nantes before the 2005 Tour team presentation in Challans later on Friday evening, he was summoned to a surprise out of competition anti-doping test conducted by the French Ministry of Youth and Sport at 3:30. Although the test was deemed "random", Armstrong appeared to be the only Tour de France rider tested by the French government Friday. The test likely came as surprise to Armstrong, as he and all the other riders at the Tour had their blood tests performed yesterday. Armstrong is considered as perhaps the most tested athlete in any sport and sources later confirmed to Cyclingnews that today's test was the American's sixth out of competition test so far in 2005.

Cyclingnews was at the Discovery Channel team hotel Friday afternoon for tech coverage of Armstrong's time trial bike when suddenly, Armstrong appeared up amidst the team tech area. We thought he might be there to check out his TT bike set up, but in reality, he was performing a surprise out of competition anti-doping test conducted by the French Ministry of Sport and Youth. The French government sent two functionaries, one a medical doctor and they were accompanied by two UCI representatives. A stone faced Armstrong went into the team bus with the four medical control officials and emerged almost an hour later after blood and urine samples were taken on the spot.

Two of Armstrong's blood samples were checked in the team bus, whil

e two others were retained by the French officials, perhaps to be sent for further testing by Dr. Jacques de Ceaurriz, chief of the French national anti-doping lab in Châtenay-Malabry. Once the surprise tests were over, Armstrong showed no emotion and greeted some friends who had come to see him, joking and taking some pictures before returning to his team hotel. No word whether the French Ministry of Sport and Youth plans a series of surprise out of competition anti-doping initiatives during the Tour that target other race favourites, but today Armstrong was the random choice.

Joe (SoCal)
07-02-2005, 05:36 AM
Ulrich is looking lean and fit and with an aura of menacing confidence.

"This is the last time I can beat him, so naturally it is an extra motivation for me," the German said.

Regarding Lance some have questioned whether he is fully motivated this time round.

But such speculation seems to ignore the competitive fire that burns in Armstrong. Just winning, whether it be for the first time or the hundredth, is for him motivation in itself.

Surviving cancer also steeled him, both physically and mentally, for the Tour's rigors. "What it teaches is this: pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever," he said.

The 27-year-old Basso has no doubt that Armstrong remains the man to beat.

"Of course he's still hungry," Basso said. "When a rider wins six Tours, he's not a normal person in the head."

[ 07-02-2005, 06:37 AM: Message edited by: Joe ( Cold Spring on Hudson ) ]

07-02-2005, 05:38 AM
maybe the 'random' drug test will stimulate some motivating anger,,,If he can't channel that in retirement he'll have a melt down

07-02-2005, 06:00 AM
Being broadcast here between around 10-11pm and 3am most nights. I'm gonna be a zombie by the end of three weeks! Free to air though. Wish I could find a map on that site.

Sea Frog
07-02-2005, 06:20 AM
Shamus, here y'are. (http://www.letour.fr/2005/presentationfr/parcours.html)


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07-02-2005, 06:30 AM
a leetle bump in the beginning


07-02-2005, 06:41 AM
Ah brilliant, La Carte, and le diagram thanks guys. smile.gif

07-02-2005, 07:48 AM
Last year Lance was second - two seconds off - in the 6.1 km prologue. Today's results should be a harbinger of things to come for Lance.

It is amazing to think that he has won it 6 times now. And that is without factoring the cancer, which makes this unfathomable. How can anybody not cheer for this guy?

07-02-2005, 12:11 PM
Armstrong has passed Ullrich,,,down to the wire,,,he's in second so far...http://www.letour.fr/2005/TDF/LIVE/us/100/depeches.html

Joe (SoCal)
07-02-2005, 12:25 PM
Im in my office in town. The Shopkeeper next door is French and a big cycling fan. He has a plasma HDTV. I keep running over to check on the stats and he keeps running over to tell me whats going on. Small town fun smile.gif . I saw Hincappie doing OK as well, I allways liked that kid and he won Dauphin lubre (sp)

07-02-2005, 12:28 PM
Zabriski in 20'51"
Armstrong 20'53"


When Dave Zabriskie finished the 19km time trial, the average speed was said to be 54.68km/h. If this is accurate, today’s victory will be the fastest non-prologue time trial in the history of the Tour de France.
The previous highest average speed was 54.545km/h - set by Greg Lemond in the final stage back in 1989.

Joe (SoCal)
07-02-2005, 12:43 PM
The previous highest average speed was 54.545km/h - set by Greg Lemond in the final stage back in 1989. OOOHHH that was a Finish, I remember that one. Best I ever saw.