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)