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SRAM Red Tour de France Yellow Groupset

sram red tour de france yellow groupset   SRAM Red Tour de France Yellow Groupset

Former and current Tour de France champions racing this year will ride with the new SRAM Red Limited Tour Edition groupset, including Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Carlos Sastre, Oscar Pereiro (not racing). The four cyclists listed have won the last 11 Tour de France races, with Lance winning the most. This was a huge part of the launch.

Last year, SRAM Red had a big year, with Alberto Contador winning the 2009 Tour, Andy Schleck coming in 2nd, and Lance Armstrong in 3rd. All had in common: they came equipped with SRAM Red. The SRAM Red Tour de France Yellow Groupset is available to the public in September 2010 in limited quantities.

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Final Tour de France for Lance Armstrong

final tour de france for lance armstrong   Final Tour de France for Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong was quite busy today, not only with his training but on various social networks. Sadly Armstrong announced that the 2010 Tour de France will be his last! We all know that all good things come to a end, but hearing Lance Armstrong retiring from the Tour after 2010 is still somewhat of a jaw dropper. Lance wrote the following on his Facebook, “And yes, this will be my final Tour de France. It’s been a great ride. Looking forward to 3 great weeks.”

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Contador Tries the Pyrenean Stages

contador tries the pyrenean stages 300x201   Contador Tries the Pyrenean StagesAlberto Contador hopes to defend his title at this year’s Tour de France. Together with his teammates at Astana, Contador rode through the Pyrenean stages for four days.

Contador was with Dmitri Fofonov, Paolo Tiralongo, Benjamin Noval, Daniel Navarro, David de la Fuente, Jesus Hernandez and Oscar Pereiro. He also met up with the Schleck brothers, Andy and Frank of the Saxo Bank team. They approached the Col de Tourmalet from the Col de Soulor direction, opposite the road which the Astana team took.

The Tour’s stages 14-17 will be at the Pyrenees. The first day will be on Ax-3 Domaines plus two mountainous days; then the stages will culminate on the final day’s finish at the Tourmalet. Contador states, “We’ve seen the stages that will decide the Tour.”

Contador sees the stage win at the Tourmalet might just be a preview as to the overall standing of the race. Contador calls it…

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Gilbert out, Boonen Preps up for the Tour de France

gilbert out boonen preps up for the tour de france 11 200x300   Gilbert out, Boonen Preps up for the Tour de FrancePhillipe Gilbert will not participate in the Tour de France this year. This was his plan and he will stick by it. With plans to rest for the upcoming weeks, Gilbert prepares for the Vuelta a España and world road race championships.

In good form, Gilbert performed well in the following events: he finished ninth in Milan-San Remo, third in Gent Wevelgem, second at one of the stages of the Three Days of De Panne, third in the Tour of Flanders, fifth in Brabantse Pijl, first in the Amstel Gold, sixth in Fleche Wallonne and fourth in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Gilbert’s next event be on May 26 for the Tour of Belgium.

Dirk De Wolf Het Nieuwsblad, directeur sportif for Omega-Pharma Lotto supports Gilbert’s decision. “I don’t know what Philippe could aim for there. Proof that he can ride the Tour? He has already done enough. For his type of rider, there is…

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Contador sees Schleck as Threat at Tour de France

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Alberto Contador feels that for this year’s Tour de France, the man to watch out for is Andy Schleck. Although Schleck suffered some knee problems, Contador thinks that with Schleck’s experience, it will not be easy to beat him. “Andy Schleck tested me a lot in the mountains last year,” said Contador.

Contador noted that the absence of Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel from the Astana team makes a huge difference. “Last year there were several strengths and we would see who was better positioned in general ,” he said.

Contador emerged to be the strongest contender on the team and this led to Armstrong and Bruyneel’s exit. After the Tour, they formed the RadioShack outfit.

Contador is currently Astana’s sole leader and started his season in high spirits by winning the Paris-Nice and Volta ao Algarve.

Contador was not present in the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco due to the Tour preparation….

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22 Teams at the 2010 Tour de France

22 teams at the 2010 tour de france   22 Teams at the 2010 Tour de France

Amaury Sports Organization declared the list of teams for the 2010 Tour de France on Tuesday. There are sixteen teams which are automatically chosen as per agreement last September 2008 and six wildcard teams. These teams will bring the big names in the cycling scene. Among them would be Lance Armstrong of Team RadioShack, who was a seven time winner of the Tour, Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky, Christian Vande Velde under Garmin-Transitions and World Champion Cadel Evans of BMC.

For this year’s competition, ASO had 18 Pro Tour teams lined up from the 2008 but two of those teams were dissolved. Instead of 4 wildcard invitations, it became 6 due to the 2 free slots. Next year’s selection process will have some changes. As agreed, the first 17 teams in world rankings will have a sure spot for the Tour de France 2011. This was agreed upon by UCI and…

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Ag2R La Mondiale Team Presented in Paris

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Ag2R La Mondiale introduced its lineup at their Paris headquarters after completing the Santos Tour Down Under, the French team’s first pro tour race for 2010.

The lineup includes stars such as Martin Elmiger, Rinaldo Noncentini, Nicolas Roche, and Dimitri Champion, the French national champion. Team Ag2R La Mondiale looks to continue and improve upon its successful season last year. The 2009 season saw an impressive performance from Roche in the Tour de France, while Noncentini enjoyed a stint with the maillot jaune (yellow jersey).

After the Tour Down Under, Ag2R La Mondiale looks to their four star riders to net victories for the team in the upcoming Classics and grand tours. The team management also expresses confidence on the rest of their riders like Sebastien Hinault and David Lelay to provide support.

The team is preparing for their next race in the Grand Prix La Marseillaise, with Dimitri Champion…

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