Lance Armstong Finishes An Excellent Tenth In The First Stage
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - In his first Tour De France race in nearly four years, 37-year old American and seven-time winner of the Tour De France, Lance Armstrong had an excellent finishing result of tenth in Saturday's First Stage race of the Tour. The First Stage course took a route that was half on the streets of the Principality of Monaco, and the other half in the surrounding territory of France. Armstrong, who rides for the Astana professional cycling team, was one of the first starters to leave the grid for this individually timed event.
The Tour's First Stage had each rider sent off in spaced intervals over an approximate two hour period, and the winner was not known until the last rider had completed the 15.5 km race distance The finish line was back in Monaco on the Port-side road very close to where the race had started.
theirEarth took this photo of Lance Armstrong just as he was about to leave the grid, and it shows his intense concentration prior to starting the first event of the 2009 Tour. Lance Armstong's name is already legendary as he won the Tour 7 times consecutively between 1999 and 2005. Armstrong said that the First Stage, which had climbing sections out of Monaco and rose up to 205 metres at Beausoleil, France, was a technical course and it was challenging with its fast steep descents and sharp corners on the way back to Monaco.
The winner of the First Stage was Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, riding for the Saxo Bank professional cycling team, and with a first place finishing time of 19 minutes, 32 seconds. Second place was taken by 2007 Tour De France winner, Alberto Contador of Spain, riding for the Astana team and with a time of 19:50. In third was the United Kingdom's Bradley Wiggins, who rides for Garmin-Slipstream, who finished the First Stage with a time of 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Lance Armstrong's tenth place finishing time was 20 minutes, 12 seconds.
Technical details about Lance Armstong's racing bicycle are that the frame is made by Trek, and the complete groupset hardware is manufactured by SRAM (Brakes, Derailleurs, Crankset, Shift Levers). The wheels of the Astana team bicycles are manufactured by Bontrager.
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