By James Raia



So much is happening as the Tour de France approaches, Tour de France Times is publishing a special issue. We’ll be back next week with another special issue and then daily issues beginning July 3 in Liege, Belgium.

Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling

(Phil Liggett, a co-author with Sammarye Lewis and me of Tour de France For Dummies, will be broadcasting his 34th Tour de France, beginning July 1 in Strasbourg, France.)


Phil Liggett had just arrived from an

Stretching: It’s For Cyclists, Too By BRAD WALKER

Stretching is a simple and effective activity that involves placing a particular part of your body in a position that will lengthen the muscles and tendons.

This simple technique will help to enhance your athletic performance, decreases the likelihood of

Floyd Landis: The Rise And Crash Of A Tour de France Champion


. . . (The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland has ruled against dethroned 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis’ to bid overturn his two-year US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) ban and clear his name.


Pro Cycling: It’s All About The Team, Really!

(This article originally appeared in the Miami Herald on July 21, 2002.)

BEZIERS, France – Cycling is not always understood as a team sport. But as Lance Armstrong continues his quest for a fourth straight Tour de France title, the

Amgen Tour of California (2009) route details unveiled

The official route of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, the expanded fourth edition of the largest professional stage race in the United States was announced Thursday by race organizers, a few hours prior to various media briefings throughout the

The Life & Times Of An Epileptic Cycling Champion

I first reported on women’s cycling about 20 years ago.  It was the best of times for the sport on the road, on the track and in the dirt.

Cycling ChampionJeannie Longo of France, one of the greatest athletes in history,

The Honor Of Being Last In The Tour de France

(This article originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee on July 15, 2005. It was revised on July 12, 2007.)

The French sporting public likes compatriot champions. They also cheer for any countrymen in the Tour de France — even if