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2010 Tour de France photos - Stage 20: Lance Armstrong and Team RadioShack

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2010 Tour de France:  Lance Armstrong, his RadioShack teammates, and team manager Johan Bruyneel ride on the Champs-Elysees during the post-stage parade of teams.
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Lance Armstrong to France Monday to begin training for Tour de France

- French sports daily L'Equipe Saturday is reporting that Lance Armstrong will arrive in France Monday to begin preparing for the Tour de France (July 3-25).  While Armstrong was not expected to compete in the Dauphiné Libéré (June 6-13), L'Equipe reports that a source tells them the Tour de Suisse (June 12-20) is also unlikely.  Armstrong is expected to begin training in and around his European base at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice.

 
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2010 Team RadioShack final roster

- Team RadioShack manager, Johan Bruyneel, today announced the final roster for the 2010 squad - 26 riders from 16 different countries.

The riders, in alphabetical order:

Tour de Cycling - Thursday


- American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) won Stage 1 today of the Circuit Franco-Belge (to October 4).  Stage 2 Tuesday starts in Maubeuge and finishes in Poperinge.  The official website is hereLive ticker here.

Lance Armstrong's 2010 season schedule is starting to take form...

The October issue of Velo Magazine (French) just hit newsstands and the cover story is an interview with Lance Armstrong regarding his new team, RadioShack, and his plans for the 2010 season.

Velo Magazine and its publisher, L'Equipe, continue to refer to Armstrong's new team as "The Shack" but all indications (most notably UCI press releases) are that the team will be known as RadioShack.  Velo Magazine asked Armstrong what the name will be and he said he believes it will indeed be known as RadioShack.  The jersey colors are expected to be black, red and white.  (These are the longtime colors of RadioShack logos.)

As previously reported, Armstrong's 2010 season will begin in Australia with the Tour Down Under (January 19-24).  His first 2010 race in Europe may be the Tour of Murcia (Spain, March 3-7) "or possibly Paris-Nice" (March 7-14) Armstrong told Velo Magazine.  (Also, as we reported last February, Armstrong told Eddy Merckx he would race in the 2010 Tour of Qatar (February 7-12).)

In April, Armstrong may race some of the spring classics; "La Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, we're not sure".  Armstrong noted the May conflict between the Giro d'Italia (May 8-30) and the Tour of California (May 16-23, previously in February); "RadioShack is an American sponsor but the Giro is good preparation for the Tour de France."  The Tour of California will already suffer from less world media exposure going head to head with the Giro; Armstrong racing the Giro would be a huge blow to the American race.

Having previously commented that he would not repeat his 2009 pre-TDF preparation in the U.S., Armstrong told Velo Magazine that in 2010, "June will be more traditional, in Europe."  (the Dauphine Libere (June 6-13) has been his favored pre-TDF race in the past but depending on what he does in May, the Tour of Switzerland (June 12-20) or even just training and reconnaissance may be more likely).

Oslo Grand Prix Videos and Photos


2009 Oslo Grand Prix Official Poster

2009 Oslo Grand Prix Videos and Photos

Oslo Grand Prix and Lecture Videos

Armstrong: "Good to be in Oslo" (0:25) TV2
Lance arrives in Oslo (02:18) TV2
Lance Pre-race (0:46) TV2
"To tell my story has been the most important decision in my life" (05:24) TV2
"Nobody would have me" (04:02) TV2
Armstrong wins 1993 World Championships  

 

Oslo Grand Prix Photos


2009 Oslo Grand Prix:  Lance Armstrong (Livestrong)
takes the microphone.  More photos
photo Copyright © 2009 Trygve Tømta

- Lance Armstrong in Oslo videos:   Armstrong interviews/Hushovd victory at the 2009 Oslo Grand Prix.  A Google-translated article here also has above interview videos embedded in story with photo from 1993 World Championships.  Some videos require Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.

- The Oslo Grand Prix has ended.  Video clips to come...

Update:  Oslo Grand Prix LIVE now.  Links below.

The Oslo Grand Prix is this evening and riders expected on the start line include 7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, Thor Hushovd, Kurt Asle Arvesen and Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Run on a 1km long circuit in the Oslo city center, the race is scheduled to begin at 19:15 CET (1:15pm U.S. Eastern) and will run for 90 minutes.

Lance Armstrong became World Champion in Oslo in 1993.

Armstrong will be giving a lecture tomorrow on cancer awareness.

More info and links as race time approaches...

Note:  Some feeds will alternate between the Oslo Grand Prix and track and field worlds.

Update:  Oslo Grand Prix LIVE here.  Also LIVE here.  Possibly LIVE here too.  More links to come if available...

Big thanks to Trygve of Norway for tipping us off about the race coverage.

 

2009 Oslo Grand Prix Photos

 

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2009 Oslo Grand Prix:  Lance Armstrong (Livestrong) speaks to the crowd.
photo Copyright © 2009 Trygve Tømta

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Tour de Cycling - Monday


Tour de France, L'Equipe, Tuesday July 14:
"Contador is alone, or nearly so, but he can't allow himself to admit it."
(photo shows Contador at rest day press conference)

- Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 10 departs Limoges at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Issoudun between 16:59 and 17:25 CET (10:59am and 11:25am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live coverage on Versus TV is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern (8:00am U.S. Eastern for the Versus live streaming).  Live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern).

- More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come...

- Tour de France:  Today is the first of two rest days.

- Many news outlets are referencing Lance Armstrong's comments Sunday, in a post-Stage 9 interview on French TV, regarding his likely return to race another Tour de France in 2010.  Appearing with two-time Tour champion and current broadcaster Laurent Fignon, currently undergoing treatment for cancer, Armstrong also comments on the possibility of creating a new team with Johan Bruyneel (Nike may be involved but they are looking for a title sponsor) and answers a question assessing his interest in one day becoming president of the UCI ("That job is harder than doing the Tour.  And I'd have to live in Switzerland!")  He also talks about Livestrong in France (all monies collected from bracelet sales remain in France).  Fignon comments that he sees that Armstrong is getting "better and better" throughout the Tour.  Armstrong states that though the Tour is approaching halfway point, in terms of racing "we're only 25% done".  Armstrong also acknowledges there is some tension on the team related to his rivalry with teammate Alberto Contador.  Actor/director Ben Stiller tells Armstrong to bug off while he (Stiller) prepares for the TTT.  And show host Gerard Holtz calls Armstrong a geek, due to his love of Twitter, etc.  The show also includes highlights from the first week of race action.  You can watch the full show online (21:08), link below. -Pete

Watch Lance Armstrong's Sunday interview on France TV
- 2009 Tour de France "probably not" his last Tour -
- Tour at about halfway point but in terms of racing, "we're only 25% done" -


Click here to watch Armstrong interview in media player. (21:08)

 

Tour de Cycling - Monday

 

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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

 

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2009 Nevada City Classic Photos - High Resolution

 

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2009 Nevada City Classic:  Lance Armstrong's last race before the Tour de France.
Photos Copyright © 2009 Laura Alber and Carlos Rico/www.cyclingfans.com

AFLD/Armstrong: "No penalty, all samples clean."

Update:  The AFLD has confirmed that the case is closed with a statement on its website here. (French, .pdf)  In short, they met on the matter yesterday, took Armstrong's version of events into consideration, and closed the case without proceeding with testing of the hair sample.  (Blood and urine tests were clean.)

7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has just reported via Twitter that he has heard from the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) regarding the testing of blood, urine and hair samples he gave while in France in March.  "Case closed, no penalty, all samples clean," wrote Armstrong.

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