A living legend
has been a season of cycling when looking at the world at large. And so,
we thought of bringing you some information about a great sportsman in
this field in today's edition of Sports track.
When the recent history of the Tour de France as well as cycling at
world level is taken into consideration, Lance Armstrong is one of the
key figures worthy of mention. Being an American, he has brought much
pride to his country as the winner of the Tour de France from 1999 to
2005, the World Cycling Champion in 1993 and the US National Cycling
Champion, again in 1993.
He is known as an all-rounder cyclist, and is nicknamed Mellow
Johnny. In 1999, he was named ABC's Wide
World of Sports Athlete of the Year and in 2002, Sports Illustrated
magazine named him Sportsman of the Year. He has also been named
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 2002, 2003, 2004, and
He has received ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete in 2003,
2004, 2005, and 2006, and won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Overseas Personality Award in 2003. Armstrong retired from racing on
July 24, 2005, at the end of the 2005 Tour de France.
The most important thing about the victories of this glamorous man is
that he made all his latest achievements while suffering from cancer. In
1996, Armstrong was diagnosed with nonseminomatous testicular cancer,
which was at stage three, which had already spread to his lungs, abdomen
and brain. But, his courage made him start winning the Tour de France
just three years after this diagnosis.
He has never let the cancer beat him and make him leave his sport.
Many have discussed the reasons for Armstrong's success in winning seven
Tours in a row and it has been found that it was a combination of proper
practice, good coaching, strength in his body and dedication.
This sportsman is surely someone that you as children could draw
inspiration from. Since his retirement, Armstrong has focused his
efforts on the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He was the pace car driver of
the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for the 2006 Indianapolis 500.
He is still physically active and continues to train for cycling and
running events, such as the 2006 and 2007 New York City Marathon and the
2006 and 2007 RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across
Tour de France - A wrap-up
The greatest cycle tour of the world, 'Tour de France' which took
place from July 7 to July 29 has ended, marking yet another memorable
annual venture of the tour. The Tour began in London, and ended with the
traditional finish in Paris. The route also passed through Belgium and
With all the interesting happenings, the tour had an exciting end.
The yellow jersey, given to the overall
leader, was not decided until the final time trial on Stage 19.
The top three riders, Alberto Contador in yellow, Cadel Evans in
second, and Levi Leipheimer in third, were separated by just 2 minutes
and 49 seconds. Both Evans and Leipheimer have been known as better time
trialists to Contador. However, in the end, each rider had remained in
their places after the final time trial, but with smaller margins.
Finally, the Tour ended with the smallest-ever range of only 31
seconds among the top three riders. Alberto Contador became the overall
winner of the tour, and he also won the white jersey for the best young
The green jersey, given to the best sprinter, was won for the first
time by Tom Boonen and the polka dot jersey, given to the best mountain
climber was won by Mauricio Soler, who was taking part in the event for
the first time. There have been some issues regarding a few cyclists
using performance enhancing drugs.
One interesting issue has been that Michael Rasmussen, who was racing
in first place as the overall leader, was fired by his team for
violating team rules which eased work for Alberto to climb up to the
Alberto Contador - The newest star
The 25-year-old Alberto Contador from Spain became the proud winner
of the Tour de France 2007 by a
hairline margin. He is quite new to the cycling arena.
His Stage 5 victory in the 2005 Tour Down Under, is considered to be
a great achievement. This was his first win after overcoming a massive
blood clot in his brain, for which he underwent a risky surgery and a
long, painful path to recovery to get back on his bike.
The blood clot had been discovered after he crashed and went into a
fit during the first stage of the 2004 Vuelta a Asturias. His
professional level victory came with the 2007 Paris-Nice, which he won
in dramatic fashion on the race's final stage. He is believed to be a
cyclist who is showing bright prospects of becoming yet another Lance