July 25, 2003 |
These are the days, two of them, when Lance Armstrong stays close to his United States Postal Service teammates. Armstrong, the leader of the Tour de France by 1 minute, 7 seconds over Germany's Jan Ullrich with only the last three of 20 stages left to ride, was in a red, white and blue cocoon during Thursday's numbingly flat stage between Dax and Bordeaux. He finished in 28th place, out of trouble and with his lead unchanged. Ullrich finished 27th.
July 23, 2003 |
Jan Ullrich says he's not ready to give up, despite Lance Armstrong's resurgence in the Tour de France. "I've gotten extremely hot about the idea of winning the Tour," the 29-year-old German said Tuesday, a rest day for riders. "At the moment everything is possible." Ullrich has nipped at the heels of the four-time champion for much of the three-week Tour, trouncing him in an individual time trial last Friday and racing ahead on the first of four stages in the punishing Pyrenees.
July 18, 2003 |
Lance Armstrong's quest for his fifth consecutive Tour de France to tie the record of Spain's Miguel Indurain could be won or lost today in a treacherous, hilly, 29.1-mile time test that he calls "the most important time trial in my whole career." "It's a very important day for everyone," said Armstrong, who maintained his lead Thursday. "The results are still pretty tight. I'm hoping to do well. I know the course. It's not too hard but not too easy."
July 10, 2003 |
It was the first real sign of emotion from Lance Armstrong. It may not be the last. Armstrong flung his arms into the air and smiled for the world to see. "It was a difficult stage because of the heat and the wind," said Armstrong, trying to explain his joy. "And we'd never won this event before. So we're pretty happy."
July 28, 2002 |
There were moments of surprise and suspense. There was even hopeful talk from erstwhile rivals of a new era in cycling. But with Saturday's penultimate stage--an individual test against the clock--Lance Armstrong proved once again that he still dominates the Tour de France, outpacing all opponents in power, speed and sheer determination.
July 16, 2002 |
If there was any thought that this year's Tour de France would be a monotonous one-man show, it was dispelled Monday on the wind-swept coast of Brittany, where Tour favorite Lance Armstrong found himself in the unusual position of coming in second in a direct test of speed and strength. And Monday it was a Colombian, Santiago Botero, a rider with Kelme, who frustrated Armstrong in a pre-mountain time trial for the first time since 1999.
December 21, 2001 |
Apolo Anton Ohno can relax now. The 19-year-old star of American short-track speedskating remained perfect in the Olympic trials, winning two more races Thursday at Kearns, Utah, and ensuring he will compete in all events at the Salt Lake Games. Ohno won the four-lap time trial in 37.568 seconds. That locked up a spot in the 500 meters, the only race still in question going into the day.
July 13, 2001 |
Two of Lance Armstrong's teammates tumbled during Thursday's team time trial, hurting his chances for a third Tour de France title. Armstrong was at the head of a nine-man pack when Christian Vande Velde veered suddenly to the right and fell, taking teammate Roberto Heras down on the rain-soaked road. The seven remaining riders continued, but their pace dropped off, destroying the American squad's chances of winning the stage between Verdun and Bar-le-Duc in eastern France.
September 30, 2000 |
There was the time she stopped before the finish line in San Sebastian, Spain, and dropped several places because of the inadvertent mistake. Then there was the meandering moped driver--perhaps fueled by too much red wine?--who took her out at the 1997 Tour de l'Aude in France during the final stage. Before, during and after, there were too many crashes and crying sessions. Bad luck didn't follow cyclist Mari Holden. It was right there with her, riding shotgun.