Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara won the opening time trial stage of the Tour de France to take the leader's yellow jersey. Former seven-time champion Lance Armstrong failed to make a winning return and finished 10th.
The 96th edition of the Tour de France sets off from Monaco on Saturday with 189 riders ready to tackle 15.5 kilometres of steep slopes with narrow curves and technical downhills. Contador and Cancellara are favourite for this first time-trial.
Lance Armstrong, a 37-year-old survivor of testicular cancer is back. His goal is not to win an eighth Tour de France, but to spread global awareness of cancer and rejecting suggestions that he uses illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Belgian cycling champion Tom Boonen will be allowed to compete in the Tour de France despite testing positive for cocaine in April, after a shock eleventh hour decision by the French Olympic committee.
The French Court of Arbitration for Sport today examines the case of former world champion Tom Boonen, who has been banned from next month’s Tour de France after twice testing positive for cocaine. A sentence is expected before the Tour's start.
Marc Madiot, sports director of the ‘Francaise des Jeux’ (French national lottery) team hopes for a stage victory in the Tour de France 2009. A Tour veteran since 1982, initially as a rider, he’s positive about the future of French cycling.