Tour de Cycling - Monday

Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 Profile


- Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 departs Martigny at 12:55 CET (6:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Bourg-Saint-Maurice between 17:11 and 17:41 CET (11:11am and 11:41am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live coverage on Versus TV is scheduled to begin at 6:30am U.S. Eastern (6:55am U.S. Eastern for the Versus live streaming).  Live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 12:45 CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern).  Live coverage on France 2 is scheduled to begin at 13:50 CET (7:50am U.S. Eastern).

- Today is the second and final rest day at the Tour de France.  More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come...

40 years ago, Armstrong landed on Mont Ventoux the moon

NASA today celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first landing by humans
on the moon.  Commander Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed on
the moon while pilot Michael Collins orbited above the surface.  Now that's all
well and good except as you can clearly see above, they really landed on
Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence" in France.  Aside from scaling and cropping,
no modifications were made to the above two photos.  In other words, I busted NASA.
But seriously, I'm a big fan of the brave men and women who explore space. -Pete
Copyright © Pete Geyer/

Another Armstrong on the "moon".  Lance on Mont Ventoux, 2004 Dauphine Libere.  Armstrong has never won on Ventoux.  Perhaps he'll get another shot on Saturday's penultimate stage of the 2009 Tour de France.
Copyright © 2004 Pete Geyer/

2009 Tour de France Art: Cycling paintings by Rob Ijbema

2009 Tour de France:  Stage 5, Cap d'Agde-Perpignan
acrylic on paper 6x8"
Copyright © 2009 Rob Ijbema
Rob Ijbema is busy painting the 2009 Tour de France.  You may recall we featured
his work during the 2009 Giro d'Italia.  If that experience was any indication, his Tour paintings
are going to sell very quickly.  Check them out at his blog, Painting le Tour.  -Pete

2009 Tour de France:  A relieved Alberto Contador (Astana) celebrates on the podium
after winning Stage 15 and taking over the race lead.  Teammate Lance Armstrong
moved up to second place overall but lost time to Contador and sits at 1:37 back.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti/

- More Tour de France Stage 15 photos to come later today...


Remembering Lauri Aus (1970-2003)

2003 Paris-Camembert:  Lauri Aus (AG2R-Prevoyance)
of Estonia signs autographs before the start.
photo Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/

2003 Four Days of Dunkirk, Stage 4, Boulogne-sur-mer:  Lauri Aus (AG2R-Prevoyance),
Saulius Ruskys (Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf), and Jacky Durand ( were dropped but
hung on to finish the stage, 26 minutes behind winner Christophe Moreau.
photo Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/

It was six years ago today, on July 20, 2003, that popular pro cyclist Lauri Aus (AG2R) was killed while training in his native Estonia, struck from behind by a drunk driver.  Aus wasn't on the AG2R Tour team that year but he did ride in support of fellow Estonian sprinter Jaan Kirsipuu in the 1997 and 2000 Tours.  A moment of silence was held in Aus's memory at the start of Stage 15 of the 2003 Tour.  Aus notably finished 5th in the 1992 Olympics road race behind gold medal winner, the late Fabio Casartelli, a Motorola teammate of Lance Armstrong.  Armstrong finished that race in 14th place in the same time as Aus.

We haven't forgotten.