Sunday, July 23, 2006
By Steven L. Taylor

American Landis wins Tour de France

Floyd Landis won the Tour de France on Sunday, keeping cycling’s most prestigious title in American hands for the eighth straight year.

And, no doubt, the French are so pleased.

This is really a remarkable story, given that Landis has trouble walking, yet just won the Tour de France–and that after making up a seeming insurmountable gap a few days ago (via SI):

“disaster” struck Wednesday in Stage 16 in the Alps.

Landis allowed Pereiro to take the yellow jersey as the race left the Pyrenees at the end of the second week to conserve energy for the three crucial stages in the Alps. That strategy seemed to backfire after Landis lost the jersey in a second Alpine stage at La Toussuire, dropping from first to 11th — 8 minutes, 8 seconds behind Pereiro.

Yet, Landis was able to make that up in one day and go on to win.

(x-posted at OTB Sports)

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  1. Landis Wins the Tour » OTB Sports Says:

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  2. the Game Says:

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  3. Lisa Says:

    Now the question is how long will it take for the French to start yelling that Landis was doping. Or the meds. he took for his hip gave him an unfar advantage.

  4. B. Minich Says:

    Glad he won, mostly because of the story. Landis is going to have to get his hip replaced, and his racing form will be in doubt.

    Also, my family’s current hometown (although I personally have never lived there for more than a month or two at a time) is home to Mr. Landis, so I’m very glad he won for Lancaster, PA pride reasons. We know quite a few people named Landis, which is a common Lancaster name (along with Herr and Hess – can you tell it was settled by a bunch of Germans yet? ;) )

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