When seven-time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong announced that the 2010 Tour would be his last, few really believed him and only his competitors would have been anything other than miserable at the prospect of the sport minus one of it’s brightest talents. He retired once before, in July 2005 after claiming his seventh consecutive Tour crown, but returned in time for last summer’s race in which he managed a 3rd place finish against all odds.
Last year’s winner is this year’s favourite, Alberto Contador. The young Spaniard, who will be strongly flanked by Alexander Vinokourov and the rest of his Astana team, finished more than 4 minutes ahead of second-placed Andy Schleck and over 5 minutes ahead of Armstrong, in 2009’s epic race in which tempers flared, eventuating in a war-of-words between Contador and Armstrong, who were teammates at the time. Read More »