Tour de France favorite Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) dodged a bullet Saturday when he crashed while on a training ride. He should make a full recovery and I look forward to watching him challenge for the 2010 Tour de France title.
Alberto Contador (Astana) is convinced now more than ever that the Tour de France will be decided in the Pyrénées.
Following last week’s Critérium du Dauphiné, the two-time Tour champ previewed the three major climbing stages that will be featured in the Alps and he says they shouldn’t prove decisive in the overall battle.
Floyd Landis, the American cyclist whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after a positive doping test, has sent a series of emails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use of performance enhancing drugs during his career. The emails also claim that other riders and cycling officials allegedly participated in doping, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
The most revealing moment of Friday’s pre-race press conference at the Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento came when ESPN.com’s Bonnie Ford asked Lance Armstrong about his condition, one year into his comeback, and for a status report on his emotional drive to reach the top step of the podium of this year’s Tour de France.
Alberto Contador has made no bones about his focus on winning this years Tour de France. Many people have been asking whether he will one day win one of the Classics. Andrew Hood gives us some insight into Contador’s road ahead to the this years Tour and whether he will focus on winning a Classic in the future.