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Lance Armstrong Causes Delay at Tour with Black 28 Cancer Jerseys

We already pointed out the news that Alberto Contador won the Tour de France, making most of you yawn. I get it. How many people are interested in watching a bunch of skinny dudes in tight shirts and even tighter shorts pedal around on their bicycles? Not many. But an interesting side story to the final stage of the Tour was the delay caused at the start of the race by Lance Armstrong.

The cancer survivor and cycling legend persuaded his Radio Shack team to put on black jerseys with the number 28 on the back to represent the 28 million people fighting cancer. The problem is the team was notified they would be disqualified from the race if they didn’t wear their proper jerseys and numbers and that’s what led to the 15 minute delay at the start. It wasn’t until they completed the final stage of the race that they put their 28 shirts back on to show support for cancer patients. With actions like these, it’s easy to see why so many people are in denial over Floyd Landis’ accusations regarding Livestrong Man.

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Alberto Contador Becomes Three-Time Champ at Tour de France

Alberto Contador strolled into Paris holding onto a 39 second lead to win the Tour de France for the third time in his career. Contador had essentially clinched the victory by holding onto his lead during stage 19 Saturday and things went according to plan on Sunday. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was second and Denis Menchov of Russia was third.

Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in his final Tour de France. He was actually the inspiration for a controversy that resulted in a 15 minute delay to start the race. Lance’s radio shack team all put on black jerseys with number 28 on the back to represent the 28 million people fighting cancer but they were forced to change back.

Contador joins Greg LeMond, Louison Bobet and Philippe Thys as a three-time Tour champion and he celebrated by sipping a flute of champagne.

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Headbutt Gets Mark Renshaw Disqualified From the Tour de France

Cyclist Mark Renshaw brought new meaning to the phrase “using your head” on Thursday during the 11th stage of the 2010 Tour de France. Watch the video from Versus TV carefully and you’ll notice Renshaw headbutt opponent Julian Dean to clear space for teammate Mark Cavendish, who soon after won the stage:

Quite the physical year at the Tour de France. At first glance it may seem like a subtle move, but the gesture got a now frustrated Renshaw disqualified from the tour. While fans of heavier contact sports may argue that this was a touch foul, you can’t just headbutt someone coming down the home stretch in the 11th stage at the Tour de France. This is not the rollerderby. As course director Jean-Francois Pescheux put it so eloquently, “This is cycling, it’s not wrestling.”

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Mark Renshaw Expelled From Tour de France For Headbutting Julian Dean (Video) [TotalProSports]
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Fight Breaks Out at Tour de France

Someone needs to tell these pro cyclists that they are not members of the Hells Angels. During Friday’s heated stage 6 of the 2010 Tour de France, Carlos Barredo found himself in the midst of a little scuffle with rival Rui Costa. The video tape shows Barredo, identified as the gentleman in the Quickstep uniform wielding a bicycle wheel over his head, literally fights Costa to the ground before the two riders were separated.

I’m honestly not sure how two professional cyclists get to the point in their minds where they say, “lets drop the bikes and do this.” The Tour slapped each cyclists with a fine, and that’s exactly what needed to happen. While there is no place for fighting in professional cycling (I can’t believe I have the opportunity to actually say that), I might suggest that the WWE take a page out of Barredo’s book and integrate a bike wheel into their next pay-per-view event. Check out this video of cyclists fighting at the Tour de France via Break Sports:

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Tour De France Rider Hits Opponent With Wheel [Sports Break]

Floyd Landis: Cycling’s Jose Canseco

Four years ago, cyclist Floyd Landis was the Tour de France leader and the new American hope to carry Lance Armstrong’s torch. After his surge on the 17th stage, Landis tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and he was later stripped of his Tour de France victory. Landis was then suspended two years by the USADA for using performance-enhancing drugs. Ever since his suspension, Landis has fought for his reputation by denying any use of PEDs. After four years of denial, Landis finally came clean on Wednesday night saying he wanted to clear his conscience. Landis added to ESPN that “[he doesn't] want to be part of the problem anymore.” Well, Landis has gone well beyond being part of the problem and he’s now taking the Jose Canseco approach to fixing things.

Much like Jose Canseco, the former baseball star who felt blackballed by MLB, Landis called himself a pariah who had little chance of ever riding for an elite team. I’m sure his status in the cycling world has driven him to his decision to blow the lid off the scandal in the sport. The Wall Street Journal says Landis fired off emails to USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union detailing his and others’ PED usage:

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Do Not Talk About Greg LeMond’s Weenie

Alright, I’m not too hip to all that is cycling smear, but this is quite catchy.  Greg LeMond admitted to being sexually molested as a child, when he was testifying in Floyd Landis’ doping hearing.

He came, he said, to tell the truth testifying that he had shared the secret of the abuse with Landis, accused of doping in last year’s Tour de France, in a phone call last August. He did so, he said, in the hope that if Landis, too, had a secret to share that Landis would come clean.

Under oath, LeMond also disclosed that he’d received a call Wednesday night, the evening before he was to testify, from someone purporting to be his uncle who said, I’ll be there tomorrow and we can talk about how we used to hide your weenie.

Well, turns out the phone number appearing on LeMond’s cell phone belonged to Floyd Landis’ now former business manager.  So yes, this is considered as Floyd Landis’ party trying to bully the witness, LeMond.  And another detail — LeMond wore all black on Thursday, a stark contrast to the yellow tie he sported the other three days of the hearing.  Why you ask? 

The black, he told another reporter who repeated the quote to me, represents the end of any credibility Greg LeMond has left.

Well, Greg LeMond may say he has no credibility left.  I beg to differ.  If you ask me what the first thing I think of when I hear the name Greg LeMond, I think sexually molested kid famous cyclist.  End of story.