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Armstrong begins his 12e TDF

At 10:17 am ET, Lance Armstrong left the starting chute on the first time trial of his 12th TDF, wearing number 22 (is that for his 22 stage wins?), amid a cheering crowd near the square in front of the famous Casino of beautiful Monte Carlo. It’s a fairly high climb for a Stage 1/Prologue time trial, but he’s very familiar with mountainous hairpin turns (driving them in Monaco is nuts).

He said it doesn’t matter if he wins, it’s an opportunity to establish a pecking order for Team Astana and see how well they’ll do.

I’m a Lance fan, so I’m biased – I expect he’ll do just fine.

UPDATE: Lance finished 20:12, 22 seconds ahead of Montfort’s best time at 20:40. There is still quite a field to go!
UPDATECancellara fabulous again in a Tour Prologue with a first place finish of 19:32, dropping the incumbent yellow jersey, Contador, to 2nd place. And so, it begins!

Trivia
For the first time, there are 2 Japanese riders: Yuki Arashiro (BB Telecom) and Fumi Beppu (Skil-Shimano) who might be able to finish the Tour. In 1926 and 1927, Kisso Karamuro had to pull out in the first stage, and in 1998, Daisuke Imanaka was dropped when he didn’t make the time cut on stage 14.

Notes of a consumate tourist
While a student at the University of Grenoble, I took a little trip to Monaco and stayed in a lovely villa at Cap d’Ail, just a couple of miles west along the Riviera toward Nice, where the water is so blue that you feel as though you can reach out and touch the bottom of the cove.

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