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Tuesday is the big Team Time Trial at Montpellier. Teams will depart at 7-minute intervals. Start Order and Times are listed below. Times given are local. (Times in parentheses are U.S. Eastern.)
As usual, we'll list available live feeds so you can follow Stage 4 of the Tour de France on the internet.
- Quote of the day: "We can't wait for the Tour to begin, especially with the start in Monaco and the return of Lance Armstrong. I'd love to be a fly on the wall to see how Astana is going to approach the race..... (Everyone) is curious to find out if Armstrong's return will be successful. Will it be like (Michael) Jordan, successful, or like (Bjorn) Borg?" - Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France (in today's L'Equipe)
Armstrong and teammates to recon Montpellier Team Time Trial course twice
Flashback, 2003 Tour de France: USPS on its way to winning the Team Time Trial.
It was the first-ever victory in a TTT for Armstrong.
Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com
- 2009 Tour de France: The Team Time Trial is back after a 4-year absence and today (Tuesday) Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and their Astana teammates will do reconnaissance of the Stage 4 TTT course (39km) in Montpellier near the Mediterranean. They will then ride the course again on Wednesday morning before heading that afternoon to Monaco where the Tour starts on Saturday.
April, 2009: Montpellier, Place de la Comedie: Site for the start of the
2009 Tour de France Team Time Trial (July 7).
Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com
Watch Lance Armstrong on Vivement Dimanche (France 2 TV) with Michel Drucker
- Lance Armstrong was featured on the popular Vivement Dimanche program on France 2 television yesterday. Hosted by the highly respected Michel Drucker, the program includes guest commentary and questions from a number of celebrities including 5-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx, 2-time TDF champ Laurent Fignon, Eric Fottorino (writer and director of Le Monde), and French writer Christian Laborde (longtime Armstrong fan and author of the book "Champion" about Armstrong). Drucker recently travelled to Aspen, Colorado for the feature which includes highlights from Armstrong's career, accompanied by a variety of song clips from the Alan Parsons Project's Sirius (the music long used to introduce the Chicago Bulls players before home games) to John Denver's Rocky Mountain High. The program is a full hour long and you can watch it online here. (Armstrong mostly speaks in English, sometimes dubbed in French, sometimes with sub-titles.) Nicely done.
2009 Men's British National Road Race Championships: British born and American raised (Texas),
Kristian House (Rapha Condor) wins in Abergavenny, Wales.
Copyright © 2009 Dave O'Nyons
2009 Men's British National Road Race Championships: Peter Kennaugh (100% ME, third),
Kristian House (Rapha Condor, first) and Daniel Lloyd (Cervelo Test Team, second) on the podium.
Copyright © 2009 Dave O'Nyons
VERSUS TO TELEVISE 2009 TOUR DE FRANCE IN HD FOR FIRST TIME EVER
NETWORK SET TO DELIVER MORE THAN 250 HOURS OF RACE COVERAGE
FEATURING LANCE ARMSTRONG'S SHOT AT RECORD EIGHTH TOUR VICTORY
- press release -
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 24, 2009)- VERSUS, the exclusive television home of the Tour de France in the
U.S., will kick-off its ninth year of wall-to-wall coverage of the most intense and grueling
competition in all of sports on Sat., July 4, at 9:30 a.m. ET. The network will begin its first day
of Tour coverage at 8:30 a.m. ET with a one-hour special chronicling Lance Armstrong's career and
his 2009 comeback season. For the first time ever, each stage of the Tour will be produced in full