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July, 2009:

Lance makes it to the Tour de France podium!

Alberto, Andy and Armstrong!

Lance Armstrong made it to third place on the Tour de France podium by holding his own with Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck on the slopes of the vaunted Mt Ventoux and the next to the last stage of the 2009 Tour.  Today, Lance, barring the unforeseen, will stand on the podium with these two superb mountain climbers.  I was lucky enough to be able to cycle down to Mellow Johnny’s and watch the stage finish along side some of Lance’s most ardent supporters and Lance’s very own bike and coffee shop (Juan Pelota’s).  Here’s a very brief video of the crowd at Mellow Johnny’s applauding Lance as he crossed the finish line just behind Alberto and Andy.

Please favorite this link on youtube if you liked it!

Well, too bad we have to wait a whole year to see Lance battle it out with a new team vs. Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.  But he’ll be racing soon enough in the Tour of Ireland and, hopefully, some day in the Tour of Texas (if we can make it happen) against Contador and the Schleck brothers.

Lance’s new team – Radio Shack!

RadioShack and Lance to Form New Cycling Team in 2010 — powered by http://www.livestrong.com

Lance to ride on “Team Radio Shack”

As we watch the Tour Time trial today, the breaking news sprung by Austin Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton is that Lance’s team next year with be Team Radio Shack!

To quote Suzanne, “In addition, the domain site teamradioshack.com was registered this week by an employee of Capital Sports and Entertainment. That’s the Austin-based company which has represented Armstrong throughout his Tour de France career. It’s also the same company that managed Team Discovery, Armstrong’s last squad in 2005.”

On the lighter side, I did a little video of one of my favorite riders, Norwegian Thor Hushovd, trying and failing to open a can of coke and throwing it down in disgust.  But he did much better in yesterday’s stage than he did with the cavity inducing sugar water, winning two green jersey checkpoints.  Hushovd got in a controversy the day before when his main rival was disqualified for cutting him off and he wanted to demonstrate that he deserved the jersey.


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r LansingPugh We met at Waterl…

r LansingPugh We met at Waterloo Ice House once, I used to work for Entre and Bill Games. Add me back on twitter!@LansingPugh

Lance is saying Mt Ventoux wil…

Lance is saying Mt Ventoux will be the decider. Tune in Saturday July 25 for this stage in two weeks. A lot can happen though.

rt @LeviLeipheimerThe crowd on…

rt @LeviLeipheimerThe crowd on the Tourmalet was RIDICULOUS!! It was awesome! Thanks to everyone who journeyed their way up there

@lansingpugh I remember you fr…

@lansingpugh I remember you from the early days in Austin when I sold Autocad… didn’t know you were such a huge cycling fan

Quiz. Which Tour de France ri…

Quiz. Which Tour de France rider slapped at a spectator who gave him the hook ’em horns sign? Watch video at http://touroftexas.com/video

Twitter Updates for 2009-07-11

  • Blog entry on http://touroftexas.com/blog/ about Stage 8 of the Tour de France and the Lance Armstrong vs Alberto Contador maelstorm #
  • rt helenebarretteNext Twitter #TDF suspense:which #cyclist will tweet 1st ab the stage? @lancearmstrong @Levi_Leipheimer @CadelOfficial #
  • rt @cadelofficial Another day done at #tdf. Took advantage of an oppurtunity at the start, to no avail. Some don’t like to take chance…. #
  • RT @JulietMacur: http://twitpic.com/9zwnv Fans prepping for the peloton. Making themselves comfortable. #tdf Jimmy Buffett’s presence felt? #
  • flipped on tv just now and watched Aaron Peirsol set world record of 51.94 in Men’s 100M backstroke, he works out where I swim daily at UT #

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flipped on tv just now and wat…

flipped on tv just now and watched Aaron Peirsol set world record of 51.94 in Men’s 100M backstroke, he works out where I swim daily at UT