A Tour de France Primer

July 16, 2002

Today is the first rest day of the 2002 Tour de France (there is another scheduled for next Monday). If you are riding a bicycle 3300 kilometers (around 2050miles) in three weeks, you might want to rest a day or so. But since the real race begins in the Pyrenees later this week and since so many Americans have no idea what is going on over there–just that Lance Armstrong, a Texas boy–is the favorite, I thought I’d skip my day off to present a little Tour de France primer.

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The Tour Begins

July 29, 2001

The Tour de France starts Tuesday. Oh, I know you think it started a week ago today, with Stage 1. Although officially it started a week ago yesterday, with the Prologue, since the time and points from Stage 0 do count. (Already your head hurts. Don’t worry about it. There is plenty here to confuse, but much much more to entertain and even amaze.) The real race, however, between the riders who have a legitimate chance to win the whole croissant begins Tuesday, in the mountains. Read the rest of this entry »