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$88M French lotto winner plans trip to follow Tour de France

PARIS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The French winner of an $88.3 million lottery jackpot said he plans to buy a camper van and take his family to watch the Tour de France.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
By United Press International
List of 2013 sports champions

List of 2013 sports champions

Sports champions for 2013
By United Press International
At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

Suspensions for alleged banned substance use, a bombing at the end of the one of the most prestigious marathons and long-term issues from sports injuries top the year in sports.
JOHN HENDEL, UPI Executive Editor at Large
Armstrong reaches settlement in insurance lawsuit

Armstrong reaches settlement in insurance lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong reached a settlement Wednesday in a lawsuit regarding his use of performance-enhancing substances.
U.S. government said it was deceived by Lance Armstrong

U.S. government said it was deceived by Lance Armstrong

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Cyclist Lance Armstrong said the U.S. government -- a sponsor of his cycling team -- should have known he was doping, but the government argued it was deceived.

Lance Armstrong returns Olympic bronze medal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong returned his 2000 Olympic bronze medal to U.S. Olympics officials, fulfilling a demand by the International Olympic Committee.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 27, 2013.
By United Press International
Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong -- report

Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong -- report

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- Ben Foster is in talks to play Lance Armstrong in director Stephen Frears' bio-picture about the disgraced U.S. cyclist, Deadline.com said Friday.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 26 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 25 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Armstrong claims ex-sponsor should have known he was doping

Armstrong claims ex-sponsor should have known he was doping

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Lance Armstrong have asked a federal judge to dismiss a $120 million lawsuit against the cyclist that claims he defrauded his former team's sponsor.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 24 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 23 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Froome completes 100th Tour de France win

Froome completes 100th Tour de France win

PARIS, July 22 (UPI) -- Chris Froome captured the 100th Tour de France with a performance in which he excelled at time trials and mountain challenges.
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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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