Saturday, July 07, 2007

Tour de France Begins in London! 7/7/07

The Tour de France began today in London! Of any of you are sports fans or competitive like me and like to watch almost any competitive event, then you understand how my heart beats when there is competition in the air.

The Tour will cover 2,120 miles and feature six mountain hikes, three summit finishes and two individual time trials. In the prologue, with riders setting off one by one, the field whirred past classic London landmarks and through Hyde Park. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara won the prologue Saturday as the sport's premier event began amid heavy security and with a distinct British accent.

The overall favorites include Kloeden, teammate Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, Levi Leipheimer of the U.S., Cadel Evans of Australia, Denis Menchov of Russia, Christophe Moreau of France and Spanish riders Alejandro Valverde, Oscar Pereiro and Carlos Sastre.

The last time the Tour went through Britain was in 1994, when an estimated 2 million people crowded the route. Thousands turned out this year, many in support of local favorites.

You can read more at the MSN Sports page.

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