PDA

View Full Version : Tour De France - 2004... Ride On Lance!!



WharfRat
07-07-2004, 06:56 PM
If Lace Armstrong wins the 2004 Tour De France, which started Sunday... he'll be the first in history to win 6 consecutive tours!!!
He grabbed the yellow jersey today, which means he's in the lead....

Lance Armstrong has become a personal hero of mine, since I love to ride in tours also.. and he overcame testicular cancer, and won 5 straight Tours. At the age of 32, not only will he be the first to ever win six straight, but he'll be the oldest to ever win a tour...

I'll keep updating this thread as the Tour progresses...

Let's all send positive energy to the rider from Texas, and the rest of the US Postal Service team, as they try to make history!!

:bandwagon

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5359289

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/040707_lance_yellow_vlrg_920avlarge-1.jpg

burton87
07-07-2004, 08:18 PM
:mdfin: Go Lance Go :banana:

http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

t2thejz
07-07-2004, 08:23 PM
Gotta love him :thewave:

TerryTate
07-07-2004, 10:18 PM
His cameo in DODGEBALL was priceless...just thought I would add that tidbit.

Pink_Dove
07-08-2004, 04:41 PM
With Iban Mayo's crash Lance will have an easier time in the mountains...Last year it was Beloki, this year Mayo :shakeno:
I can only see Hamilton, Ullrich and maybe Heras as threats now...

WharfRat
07-08-2004, 05:39 PM
Armstrong willingly gives up Tour lead


CHARTRES, France - Lance Armstrong lost his overall lead in the Tour de France to Thomas Voeckler on Thursday, an honor the five-time champion willingly conceded — for now.


Full Story (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5359289/)


It's a long race... to try and defend the yellow jersey at this stage would be a waste. With two weeks of riding left, he's still in good shape!

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/040708_tour_france_hmed_10ah2-1.jpg

WharfRat
07-08-2004, 05:41 PM
With Iban Mayo's crash Lance will have an easier time in the mountains...Last year it was Beloki, this year Mayo :shakeno:
I can only see Hamilton, Ullrich and maybe Heras as threats now...

Ullrich lost time in that crash also (although not much, after today, he;s back ahead of Lance at 18)... but I wouldn't count any of them out yet.. nor will Lance.
;)

WharfRat
07-08-2004, 05:46 PM
Stage 5 Results:

Linkage (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-1,00.html)

Fin_Fanatic
07-08-2004, 07:43 PM
i hope he wins 6 in a row so the pansy *** frenchies have to deal with an american holding the record for most wins in a row:fire:

WharfRat
07-09-2004, 06:11 PM
Armstrong Finishes Behind Former Teammate
Jul 9, 5:15 PM (ET)

Armstrong recovers from early fall, finishes in pack behind former teammate Boonen

ANGERS, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong recovered from an early fall and avoided a late crash, finishing in a pack behind stage winner and former teammate Tom Boonen of Belgium in the Tour de France on Friday.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/040709_tour_lance_fall_vlrg_8avlarge-1.jpg

Link to AP story (http://sports.iwon.com/news/07092004/v3282.html)



Link for Stage 6 results (http://http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-1,00.html)

Overall Results after stage 6 - Top 10

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 24:37:30
2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 3:01
3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fdjeux.com 4:06
4 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi 6:06
5 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC 6:58
6 Lance Armstrong (USA)US Postal 9:35
7 George Hincapie (USA)US Postal 9:45
8 Floyd Landis (USA)US Postal 9:51
9 Jose Azevedo (Por)US Postal 9:57
10 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa)US Postal 9:59


Link for overall results for all riders after Stage 6 (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-0,00.html)

t2thejz
07-09-2004, 06:13 PM
How many stages are there?

WharfRat
07-09-2004, 07:22 PM
How many stages are there?


There are 20 stages total... the last one being July 25th, a 102.5 mile flatland sprint into Paris, then down the Champs É'lysées.

Total mileage for the Tour is 2129.5 miles... still a long way to go!

Prime Time
07-09-2004, 07:57 PM
Lance is pure class. I hope he does it. His cameo in dodgeball was ROFL funny, and the Nike Commercial where he played a different sport (forgot which) was great too. I hope he does it.

t2thejz
07-09-2004, 08:21 PM
There are 20 stages total... the last one being July 25th, a 102.5 mile flatland sprint into Paris, then down the Champs É'lysées.

Total mileage for the Tour is 2129.5 miles... still a long way to go!
DAMN that is a long ****ing bike ride :eek:

WharfRat
07-10-2004, 11:54 AM
Armstrong Finishes With Pack Behind Italy's Pozatto
Jul 10, 11:26 AM (ET)

By JAMEY KEATEN
SAINT-BRIEUC, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong finished in a pack of riders behind Italy's Filippo Pozatto in the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

Armstrong, trying for a record sixth straight Tour victory, has been ceding stage wins to lesser-known rivals and sprinters early in the three-week race, waiting for harder stages to make his push to the front.

France's Thomas Voeckler, of the Brioches La Boulangere team, retained the overall leader's yellow jersey, crossing the line in the peloton with Armstrong.

The seventh stage was a 127.08-mile ride from Chateaubriant to Saint-Brieuc.


Link to Full AP Story (http://sports.iwon.com/news/07102004/e2384.html)

Standings aren't posted yet, I'll update as soon as I can!

WharfRat
07-10-2004, 05:21 PM
Link to Stage 7 Results (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-1,00.html)

Overall Results (after stage 7)Top 10

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 29:09:14
2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 3:01
3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fdjeux.com 4:06
4 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi 6:06
5 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC 6:58
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 9:35)
7 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 9:45
8 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal 9:51
9 Jose Azevedo (Por) US Postal 9:57
10 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal 9:59

Link for Total Overall Standings (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-0,00.html)


Also... Lance is pi$$ed at the number of crashes, and blames the Tour organizers...probably with good reason:



SAINT-BRIEUC, France - Lance Armstrong believes Tour de France organizers could do more to calm nervous riders and avoid spills that could ruin his bid for a record sixth straight victory.

For a second straight day, Armstrong offered unsolicited pointers for Tour officials, suggesting that a time trial be held in the often tense first week to thin the number of race favorites.


Link for full Story (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5410879/)

WharfRat
07-12-2004, 08:13 AM
After a week and 700 miles of the 2,100 to Paris on July 25, Armstrong rests content in the knowledge that although he is minutes behind Voeckler, the men who will challenge him in the mountains at the end of this week, are all behind him on time.

Voeckler, 25, the French champion, is enjoying his moment, but admits he will not match the strength of the American or other older and wiser riders, who relish the thought of the 10-mile ascents in the Pyrenees.

Armstrong has made his time over arch-rival Jan Ullrich in the two time trials. He gained 15 seconds on the rider who has finished three times second to him in this race, in the opening Prologue in Liege, and then used the team time trial to move ahead by almost a minute.

Full Story Link (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/experts/columns/0,3489,s1-9249,00.html)

Link to Stage 8 Results (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-1,00.html)

Overall Results (after stage 8) - Top 10

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere @ 33:03:36
2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 3:01
3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fdjeux.com 4:06
4 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi 6:27
5 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC 7:09
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 9:35
7 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 9:45
8 Jose Azevedo (Por) US Postal 9:57
9 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak 10:02
10 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 10:06

Link to total Overall Standings (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-0,00.html)

Lance still lingering at 6... less than 10 minutes behind Voeckler, and licking his chops as the mountain stages approach where his strength lies... :cooldude:

WharfRat
07-13-2004, 02:36 PM
GUERET, France (AP) - Robbie McEwen of Australia used a burst of speed before the finish line Tuesday to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France, while five-time champion Lance Armstrong finished in the main pack.

Armstrong, trying for a record sixth straight title, finished comfortably in the main pack in 44th place at the end of the undulating, hilly stage in central France. Jan Ullrich, his main rival, was 25th. Both finished in the same time as McEwen's 3 hours, 32 minutes and 55 seconds.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler retained the overall lead. He still leads sixth-placed Armstrong by 9 minutes, 35 seconds. Ullrich trails the Texan by 55 seconds.

"We just sat on the wheel, took it easy. We didn't have to take any responsibility," Armstrong said. The stage "was fine, didn't really surprise me at all."

On Wednesday, riders embark on the longest, and so far toughest, ride of the Tour, a 147-mile trek with nine climbs - including a 3½-mile ascent up a gradient of eight percent.

Link to Full AP Story (http://sports.iwon.com/news/07132004/v7654.html)

Stage 9 Results (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-1,00.html)

Overall Results (after stage 9) - Top 10

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 36:36:31
2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 2:53
3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fdjeux.com 4:06
4 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi 6:27
5 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC 7:09
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 9:35
7 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 9:45
8 Jose Azevedo (Por) US Postal 9:57
9 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak 10:02
10 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 10:06


Link to total Overall Standings (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-0,00.html)

Lance is holding in 6th.... now they're heading towards the mountains where Lance should start moving up in the standings... still almost a minute ahead of his main rival (Jan Ullrich), he's in good shape, and right where he wants to be!

WharfRat
07-17-2004, 08:39 AM
Armstrong Poised to Deal Knockout Blow
Jul 17, 1:29 AM (ET)

By JEROME PUGMIRE

LA MONGIE, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong struck a massive blow to his Tour de France rivals in the first Pyrenees mountain stage.

Shining while others suffered amid a ferocious downpour, the five-time champion crushed Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton and, to a lesser degree, Iban Mayo on Friday in the 122.7-mile slog from Castelsarrasin to La Mongie.

In a show of chivalry matching the prowess he displayed on the bike, Armstrong eased up close to the finish line, allowing Italian rider Ivan Basso to take his first career stage win.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler leads the race overall, but Armstrong slashed his lead from more than nine minutes to just over five. Armstrong's commanding ride moved him from sixth to second overall :woot:


Complete AP Story (http://sports.iwon.com/news/07172004/v1871.html)


I especially like this quote from the article:

"Ullrich, considered the likeliest to end Armstrong's bid for a record sixth straight victory, cut a solemn figure. While Armstrong jumped up on his pedals, crunching his gears with venom, the powerful German slumped in his saddle, his face tight with pain."


The next stage is a grueling 127.7 route featuring two category 1 climbs close together around halfway and the final ascent to the finish is a 10 mile climb with an 8 degree gradient.
:eek:


Stage 12 Results - Top 10:

1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC @ 5:03:58 (38.98 km/h)
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal
3 Andreas Kloden (Ger) T-Mobile 0:20
4 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 0:24
5 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 0:33
6 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak 0:50
7 Denis Menchov (Rus) Illes Balears-Banesto 0:59
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze 1:02
9 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Kuskadi 1:03
10 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Phonak

Full Stage 12 Results (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-1,00.html)

Overall Standings (after stage 12) Top 10

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 51:51:07
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 5:24
3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fdjeux.com 5:50
4 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quickstep 6:20
5 Andreas Kloden (Ger) T-Mobile 6:33
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC
7 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto 6:43
8 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC 6:53
9 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) Phonak 7:23
10 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 8:11

Complete Overall Standings (http://www.tourdefrancenews.com/tourdefrance/daily/standings/0,3483,s1-0-0,00.html)

WharfRat
07-20-2004, 07:59 PM
Yellow jersey is Armstrong's after Stage 15 victory
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France (AP) — Lance Armstrong retook the overall lead in the Tour de France on Tuesday, outsprinting his top two challengers to win the first stage in the Alps and close in on a record sixth straight title. Armstrong moved past Ivan Basso and 1997 Tour champion Jan Ullrich in the curves before the closing stretch to claim his second stage victory in the 2004 Tour and the 18th of his illustrious career. He also has won two team time trials.

Link to Entire Article (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/cycling/2004-07-20-stage15_x.htm?csp=15)

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/inside220lance2-1.jpg



Stage 15 results - Top 10

112.16-mile leg from Valreas to Villard-de-Lans

1. Lance Armstrong, United States, US Postal, 4 hours, 40:30 seconds.
2. Ivan Basso, Italy, Team CSC, same time.
3. Jan Ullrich, Germany, T-Mobile Team, 3 seconds behind.
4. Andreas Kloden, Germany, T-Mobile Team, 6 behind.
5. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Rabobank, 13.
6. Richard Virenque, France, Quick Step-Davitamon, 48.
7. Mickael Rasmussen, Denmark, Rabobank, 49.
8. Jose Azevedo, Portugal, US Postal, 53.
9. Jens Voigt, Germany, Team CSC, 1 minute, 4 seconds behind.
10. Carlos Sastre, Spain, Team CSC, 1:24 behind.

Overall Standings (After 15 Stages) - Top 10

1. Lance Armstrong, United States, US Postal 67 hours, 13 minutes, 43 seconds.
2. Ivan Basso, Italy, Team CSC, 1 minute, 25 seconds behind.
3. Andreas Kloden, Germany, T-Mobile Team, 3:22 behind.
4. Francisco Mancebo, Spain, Illes Balears-B. Santander, 5:39.
5. Jan Ullrich, Germany, T-Mobile Team, 6:54.
6. Jose Azevedo, Portugal, US Postal, 7:34.
7. Georg Totschnig, Austria, Gerolsteiner, 8:19.
8. Thomas Voeckler, France, Brioches La Boulangere, 9:28.
9. Pietro Caucchioli, Italy, Alessio-Bianchi, 10:10.
10. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Rabobank, 10:58.


I guess they'll have to be renaming the race...

I like the sound of "The Tour De Lance" much better!!! :groucho:

WharfRat
07-22-2004, 03:04 PM
Armstrong wins third straight Tour stage
Late sprint to line beats Kloeden, increases overall lead in race

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France - With an amazing final burst of speed, Lance Armstrong won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, extending his overall lead as he marches toward a record sixth straight title.

The stage win was Armstrong’s third in three days and fourth at this Tour — matching his previous best. The Texan could get a fifth stage win at a time trial on Saturday.

Link to Full MSNBC Article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5410879/)

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/040722_armstrong_vlrg_vlarge-1.jpg

Tour de France standings -Top 10 After 17 stages

1. Lance Armstrong (U.S.) US Postal 74:04.56
2. Ivan Basso (Italy) Team CSC 4:09 behind
3. Andreas Kloeden (Germany) T-Mobile 5:11
4. Jan Ullrich (Germany) T-Mobile 8:08
5. Jose Azevedo (Portugal) US Postal 10:41
6. Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spain) Illes Balears 11:45
7. Georg Totschnig (Austria) Gerolsteiner 12:56
8. Carlos Sastre (Spain) Team CSC 15:14
9. Levi Leipheimer (U.S.) Rabobank 16:25
10. Pietro Caucchioli (Italy) Alessio-Bianchi 16:33

WharfRat
07-24-2004, 02:04 PM
BESANCON, France (AP) — Lance Armstrong capped his most dominant Tour de France with another impressive win in the final time trial Saturday, guaranteeing that he will ride into history as the first six-time champion in the race's 101-year history. Pedaling furiously toward a stage victory that he didn't even need, Armstrong overpowered his rivals yet again, quickly building a gaping lead which he carried past cheering crowds to the finish line of the individual race against the clock.
Riding a high-tech aerodynamic bike, and wearing the bright yellow leader's jersey, the Texan finished 61 seconds faster than Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour champion and a five-time overall runner-up.
The stage win was Armstrong's fifth of this Tour, his most since he conquered cancer and won cycling's most prestigious event for the first time in 1999.

Only a crippling crash or other catastrophe will prevent Sunday's closing ride into Paris from being a lap of honor for Armstrong.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/inside224lance-1.jpg

Link to USA Today Article (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/cycling/2004-07-24-tour-stage-19_x.htm?csp=15)

:woot: One more stage Lance... show them how it's done!! :clap:

Prime Time
07-24-2004, 11:32 PM
:rocker:

WharfRat
07-25-2004, 05:54 PM
LANCE WINS!!!!

U.S. star earns dominating victory, sealing place among cycling greats.

PARIS - Many things motivate Lance Armstrong — and that’s why he’s the only six-time winner of the Tour de France.

The record-breaking victory that took three weeks to achieve was built on the foundations of conquering cancer, natural talent, a will to win and relentless training.

He called it “a simple pleasure.”

Those who claimed that drugs must be the secret of his success only motivated him more, through 2,000 miles of riding, mountain climbs, rain, cold, baking heat and crashes.

On Sunday, he was bathed in a golden light as he pedaled toward the podium on the crowd-lined Champs-Elysées. His golden helmet, the yellow winner’s jersey, the 24-carat gold-leaf bike all complemented the special yellow and blue jerseys of his remarkable U.S. Postal Service team.

Full MSNBC Article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5410879/)


http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2004/07/040725_armstrong_vmedvlarge-1.jpg

Way to Go Lance!!! A TRUE American hero... one who refused to give up, no matter what!!!

I know of a certain ex-running back, who might learn something from Mr Armstrong....

Prime Time
07-28-2004, 01:17 PM
Hey congrats to Lance. Man I wish I had his endurance and toughness, would really help me out for soccer. Congrats to Lance again, Is he going to try again next year?