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June 29, 05 by Bharani

The sports event for which I was waiting eagerly this year will be kicked off on July 2nd. It’s a sport of endurance, will-power and test of human character. One of the most inspirational icon of sporting world will be aiming for his 7th straight victory. A person who went into the mouth of death and came back to life as a transformed and more possessed man. By now you know what and whom I am talking about…It’s Tour de france and Lance Armstrong. Ever since I went to belgium, I have developed a love for this sport. I didn’t like this sport in the beginning, but as time went by, it bowled me over!

I will be closely following this year’s event inspite of my busy schedule in ISB. I like the sport partly due to Lance! and for his motto “Live Strong”!

Some facts about Tour de France 2005.

“..Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2005, the 92nd Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3607 kilometres.

These 21 stages have the following profiles:
* 9 flat stages,
* 3 medium mountain stages,
* 6 mountain stages,
* 2 individual time-trial stages,
* 1 team time-trial stage.

Distinctive aspects of the race
* 3 mountain finishes,
* 2 rest days,
* 74 kilometres of individual time-trials,
* 66 kilometres of team time-trials,
* 1 transfer by plane and one by train,
* 20 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed,
* 9 new stop-over towns: Fromentine, Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile, Les Essarts, La Châtaigneraie, Chambord, Gérardmer, Miramas, Agde et Lézat-sur-Lèze. ..”

The average speed they ride will be around 45 kms/hr!! Years of practice will only take us there…Just completing the ride will be an honour! The event will begin with a Time Trial event, which is for sprinters…Can’t wait.

Tour de France official website/a>

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