Tour De France, Stage 21: A Bloodless Conclusion To A Bloody Race

The last stage of the Tour de France is designed to make you forget all those times that Grand Tour cyclists come off like persnickety bitches. It's a day of good feelings. A gentleman's agreement obtains whereby no one attacks the yellow jersey, and there's champagne to sip along the first few kilometers — even for… » 7/24/11 6:12pm 7/24/11 6:12pm

Tour De France, Stage 20: The Aussie Gets His Wings

When last we checked in with the Tour, the race had become a bar fight. Many of the big-name riders were broken. Former champ Alberto Contador was mounting suicidal climbing attacks and punching fans. The French guy was throwing tantrums. It was as if the Tour had become an enormous raw nerve. Favorite Andy Schleck… » 7/23/11 9:09pm 7/23/11 9:09pm

Tour De France, Stage 19: Like A Punch In The Face

Until yesterday, the 2011 Tour de France had been a bit of a drowsy bore (even Lance Armstrong had admitted as much). Then came yesterday's 18th stage when, like a stag party on Day 3 of a Champagne bender, things lurched inexplicably alive. There was a punishing "stuff of legends" solo attack by gangly Luxembourger… » 7/22/11 4:55pm 7/22/11 4:55pm

Tour De France, Stage 18: The Day The Sport Lost Its Shit

There are moments when commentary on even the most marginal events rises to such shrieking hyperbole that we're compelled to see what the fuss is all about. Today, Stage 18 of the Tour de France, was one of those days. Total. Freakout. Perhaps this is not unexpected from veteran Versus cycling announcer Phil Liggett,… » 7/21/11 7:02pm 7/21/11 7:02pm