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Tour de France heads into the mountains - RobRoy - July 11th, 2006

DAX, France - Now for the hard part. Having made it through fast and dangerous racing during the opening flat stages of the Tour de France, riders veer Wednesday into the Pyrenees for their first encounter with the high mountains.

The steep, long, hard climbs should help separate true contenders to succeed seven-time winner Lance Armstrong from those who can't make the gradient, offering a little clarity to a race devoid so far of any standout favorite.

The spotlight will move away from sprint specialists like Oscar Freire, winner of Tuesday's pancake-flat stage nine. Lithe climbers and riders eyeing the overall title, who need to get over the humps well if they are to win in Paris on July 23, will move to the fore.

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But my question is, without Lance Armstrong, do most Americans even care now?


Tour de France heads into the mountains - justdecent - July 13th, 2006

RobRoy Wrote:But my question is, without Lance Armstrong, do most Americans even care now?

Good question.

I personally never kept track of the Tour de France .. but mountains sound like quite the challenge.