Floyd Landis denies taking banned drugs

MADRID, July 28 (UPI) -- Tour de France champion Floyd Landis says he did not take testosterone during the race, despite initial test results. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Landis said he has retained Dr. Luis Hernandez, who has served as an expert for other riders who

Landis will skip 'Tonight' appearance

BURBANK, Calif., July 27 (UPI) -- Floyd Landis, whose Tour de France victory could be in jeopardy, has canceled an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC announced in Burbank.

Landis tests positive in drug test

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) -- Tour de France winner Floyd Landis was reported Thursday to have tested positive for a banned substance during the race.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 27, the 208th day of 2006 with 157 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2006 with 159 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 24, the 205th day of 2006 with 160 to follow.
By United Press International

U.S.'s Landis triumphs in Tour de France

PARIS, July 23 (UPI) -- Floyd Landis has triumphed in the Tour de France, the third American to take cycling's most prestigious contest.

UPI Sports Calendar for Sunday, July 23

Sunday sports calendar.
By United Press International

American Landis holds overall Tour lead

MONTCEAU-LES-MINES, France, July 22 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Serguei Honchar won Saturday's 19th stage of the Tour de France and American Floyd Landis holds the overall lead going into the final stage.

UPI Sports Calendar for Saturday, July 22

Saturday sports calendar.
By United Press International

Italy's Tosatto wins 18th stage of Tour

MACON, France, July 21 (UPI) -- Italian Matteo Tosatto sprinted ahead of countryman Cristian Moreni to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France but the overall race leader remained unchanged. Spanish cyclist Oscar Pereiro finished in 25th place -- eight minutes behind Tosatto -- but ret

UPI Sports Calendar for Friday, July 21

Friday sports calendar.
By United Press International

Landis storms back into Tour contention

MORZINE, France, July 20 (UPI) -- American Floyd Landis stormed back into contention at the Tour de France Thursday, one day after he appeared to have no chance of winning.

UPI Sports Calendar for Thursday, July 20

Thursday sports calendar.
By United Press International

Armstrong criticized by French newspaper

PARIS, July 19 (UPI) -- Retired seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has sparked outrage in France after he insulted the country's World Cup soccer team. The presence of Armstrong, who was in the country to follow the Tour de France in a car, was described by state
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Tour de France
Spaniard Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium after winning this year's Tour de France in Paris on July 25, 2010. Contador won his third Tour de France title in the last four years. UPI/David Silpa

The Tour de France (French pronunciation: ) is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year, but the race has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées.

The tour typically has 21 days of racing and covers 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi). The shortest Tour was in 1904 at 2,420 kilometres (1,500 mi), the longest in 1926 at 5,745 kilometres (3,570 mi). The three weeks usually include two rest days, sometimes used to transport riders from a finish in one town to the start in another. The race alternates between clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France. The first anticlockwise circuit was in 1913. The New York Times said the "Tour de France is arguably the most physiologically demanding of athletic events." The effort was compared to "running a marathon several days a week for nearly three weeks", while the total elevation of the climbs was compared to "climbing three Everests."

The number of teams usually varies between 20 and 22, with nine riders in each. Entry is by invitation to teams chosen by the race organiser, the Amaury Sport Organisation. Team members help each other and are followed by managers and mechanics in cars.

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