The First Week of the Tour de France.<br />With the return of Lance Armstrong from retirement and his expected battle with...
Danishcycling team TeamSaxo Bank  rider FabienCancellara  sprints ahead of Dutch cycling team Rabobank  rider and 87th Gir...
Seven-time Tour de France winner  cycling team Astana  rider Lance Armstrong of the United States  is helped by a staff me...
Astana’s rider Andreas Kloden of Germany sprints on July 4, 2009 at the end of the 15-km individual time-trial and first s...
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, kisses the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after winning the first stage of...
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, sprays himself with water during the second ...
The peloton make it’s way through the French countryside during stage two of the 2009 Tour de France from Monaco to Brigno...
Stage winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Team Columbia HTC sprints to victory during stage two of the 2009 Tour de...
Lance Armstrong and team Astana cycles amid the peloton during stage three of the 2009 Tour de France from Marseille to La...
AP Photo/LaurentRebours<br />Mark Cavendish of Britain, strains as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of th...
The peloton leaves Marseille behind during stage three of the 2009 Tour de France from Marseille to La Grande-Motte on Jul...
Stage winner Mark Cavendish  and Team Columbia HTC celebrates his victory with his teammate George Hincapie of USA during ...
Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />Belgian cycling team Quick Step rider Tom Boonen of concentrates on July 7, 2009...
The Cervelo Test Team in action on stage four of the 2009 Tour de France, a 39km Team Time Trial through Montpellier, on J...
Cycling team Astana  leader 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain is pictured upon arrival July 7, 2009 at ...
Fabian Cancellara, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, right, and his Team Saxo Bank riders strain to take a third...
Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s rider Lance Armstrong of the United States rides w...
The Columbia Team in action on stage four of the 2009 Tour de France, a 39km Team Time Trial through Montpellier, on July ...
AP Photo/ChristopheEna<br />Alberto Contador, left, throws his flowers to the crowd as other riders of the Astana team rea...
LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana  Lance Armstrong ...
Fans wait for riders on July 8, 2009 in Cap d’Agde before the start of the 196,5 km fifth stage of the 2009 Tour de France...
The peloton rides through the French countryside during stage 5 of 2009 Tour de France from Le Cap D’ Agde to Perpignan th...
Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland rides on July 8, 2009 in the 196,5 km fifth stage...
The pack with Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, passes through a tunnel near B...
PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />The winner of the stage, Frenchcycling team BBOX Bouygues Telecom (BBO)’s leader Tho...
Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images<br />Dutch cycling team Rabobank  Robert Gesink is pictured in an ambulance after being inj...
Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank Fabian Cancellara puts on his yellow jersey of overall leader on July 8, 2009 at the end...
Thomas Voeckler, center, is congratulated by teammates AlexandrePichot of France, left, and William Bonnet of France, righ...
Thomas Voeckler of France and team BboxBouygues Telecom celebrates his win on the podium at the end of stage five of the 2...
PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />Frenchcycling team Francaise des Jeux  rider JussieVeikkanen of Finland juiblateshis p...
The riders make their way under a bridge near the start of stage 6 of 2009 Tour de France from Gerona to Barcelona on July...
2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakhcycling team Astana leader AlbertoContador of Spain rides in the pack onJuly 9, 2009 ...
US cycling team Garmin-Slipstream  David Millar of Great Britain rides in a breakway on July 9, 2009 in the 175 km and six...
The pack rides along the Costa Brava during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers  with...
PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana Lance Armstrong  lis...
The pack passes a roundabout during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers  with start i...
PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />Leading man, US cycling team Garmin-Slipstream David Millar rides on July 9, 2009 in...
Swiss cycling team Cervelo Thor Hushovdjubilatesafter winning onJuly 9, 2009 the 175 km and sixth stage of the Tour de Fra...
Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara rides in the pack on July 9, 2009 in the 175 km and sixth stage ...
JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong rides in the pack with teammate and 2007...
A fan writes on the ground with yellow chalk “Frank and Andy”.<br />LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />
AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski<br />Spectators cheers as the pack with Cadel Evans of Australia passes during the seventh stage o...
LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />Fans wait for riders on the roadside on July 10, 2009, five kilometers before the...
The pack rides past ‘La Pedrera’ designed by Gaudi during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, starting i...
French cycling team AG2R-La MondialeRinaldoNocentini rides with teammate Christophe Riblon of France on July 10, 2009, <br...
PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />French cycling team Agritubel’s Brice Feillu of France jubilates on the finish line be...
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The First Week of the Tour de France 2009.

  1. The First Week of the Tour de France.<br />With the return of Lance Armstrong from retirement and his expected battle with teammate Alberto Contador looming, the Tour de France began a week ago on July 4, 2009. Friday’s 140-mile trek from Barcelona to the Andorran ski resort of Arcalis was the longest stage this Tour.<br />(Photo by KoenHaedens/Getty Images)<br />
  2. Danishcycling team TeamSaxo Bank rider FabienCancellara sprints ahead of Dutch cycling team Rabobank rider and 87th Giro cycling race winner Denis Menchov of RussiaonJuly 4,<br />Photo by PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images)<br />
  3. Seven-time Tour de France winner cycling team Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the United States is helped by a staff member after competing on July 4.<br />Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  4. Astana’s rider Andreas Kloden of Germany sprints on July 4, 2009 at the end of the 15-km individual time-trial and first stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run around Monaco.<br />Photo by PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  5. Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, kisses the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after winning the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial of 15.5 kilometers<br />AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski.<br />
  6. Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, sprays himself with water during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 187 kilometers.<br />AP Photo/ChristopheEna<br />
  7. The peloton make it’s way through the French countryside during stage two of the 2009 Tour de France from Monaco to Brignoles on July 5, 2009 in Brignoles, France.<br />Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images<br />
  8. Stage winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Team Columbia HTC sprints to victory during stage two of the 2009 Tour de France from Monaco to Brignoles, France on July 5, 2009 in Monaco.<br />Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images<br />
  9. Lance Armstrong and team Astana cycles amid the peloton during stage three of the 2009 Tour de France from Marseille to La Grande Motte on July 6, 2009 in La Grande-Motte, France.<br />Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images<br />
  10. AP Photo/LaurentRebours<br />Mark Cavendish of Britain, strains as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196.5 kilometers with start in Marseille and finish in La Grande-Motte<br />
  11. The peloton leaves Marseille behind during stage three of the 2009 Tour de France from Marseille to La Grande-Motte on July 6, 2009 in Marseille, France. The stage was won by Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Team Columbia.<br />Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images<br />
  12. Stage winner Mark Cavendish and Team Columbia HTC celebrates his victory with his teammate George Hincapie of USA during stage three of the 2009 Tour de France from Marseille to La Grande-Mote.<br />Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images<br />
  13. Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />Belgian cycling team Quick Step rider Tom Boonen of concentrates on July 7, 2009 before the start of the 39 km team time-trial and fourth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run around Montpellier.<br />
  14. The Cervelo Test Team in action on stage four of the 2009 Tour de France, a 39km Team Time Trial through Montpellier, on July 7, 2009 in Montpellier, France.<br />Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images<br />
  15. Cycling team Astana leader 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain is pictured upon arrival July 7, 2009 at the end of the 39 km team time-trial and fourth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race.<br />Photo byPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  16. Fabian Cancellara, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, right, and his Team Saxo Bank riders strain to take a third place during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time-trial over 39 kilometers.<br />AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski<br />
  17. Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s rider Lance Armstrong of the United States rides with teammates on July 7, 2009 in the 39 km team time-trial and fourth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race. The team clocked in 00:46:49 and won the stage.<br />Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  18. The Columbia Team in action on stage four of the 2009 Tour de France, a 39km Team Time Trial through Montpellier, on July 7, 2009 in Montpellier, France.<br />Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images<br />
  19. AP Photo/ChristopheEna<br />Alberto Contador, left, throws his flowers to the crowd as other riders of the Astana team react on the podium after winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time-trial over 39 kilometers.<br />
  20. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana Lance Armstrong of the United States leaves his team bus area to ride to the signature ceremony on July 8.<br />
  21. Fans wait for riders on July 8, 2009 in Cap d’Agde before the start of the 196,5 km fifth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Le Cap d’Agde and Perpignan.<br />JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  22. The peloton rides through the French countryside during stage 5 of 2009 Tour de France from Le Cap D’ Agde to Perpignan the on July 8, 2009 in Perpignan, France.<br />Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images<br />
  23. Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland rides on July 8, 2009 in the 196,5 km fifth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Le Cap d’Agde and Perpignan.<br />PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  24. The pack with Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, passes through a tunnel near Beziers during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196.5 kilometers with start in Le Cap d’Agde and finish in Perpignan, southern France, Wednesday July 8, 2009.<br />AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski<br />
  25. PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />The winner of the stage, Frenchcycling team BBOX Bouygues Telecom (BBO)’s leader Thomas Vockler of France rides in a breakawaywithRussiancycling team TeamKatushaMikhailIgnatiev and Frenchcycling team Francaise des JeuxYauheniHutarovitch.<br />
  26. Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images<br />Dutch cycling team Rabobank Robert Gesink is pictured in an ambulance after being injuried on July 8, 2009 in the 196,5 km fifth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Le Cap d’Agde and Perpignan.<br />
  27. Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank Fabian Cancellara puts on his yellow jersey of overall leader on July 8, 2009 at the end of the 196,5 km fifth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Le Cap d’Agde and Perpignan.<br />PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  28. Thomas Voeckler, center, is congratulated by teammates AlexandrePichot of France, left, and William Bonnet of France, right, after winning the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196.5 kilometers<br />AP Photo/Peter Dejong<br />
  29. Thomas Voeckler of France and team BboxBouygues Telecom celebrates his win on the podium at the end of stage five of the 2009 Tour de France from Le Cap d’Agde to Perpignan on July 8, 2009 in Perpignan, France.<br />Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images<br />
  30. PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />Frenchcycling team Francaise des Jeux rider JussieVeikkanen of Finland juiblateshis polka dot jersey of best climberon the podium onJuly 8, 2009 at the end of the 196,5 km fifth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run betweenLe Cap d’Agde and Perpignan.<br />
  31. The riders make their way under a bridge near the start of stage 6 of 2009 Tour de France from Gerona to Barcelona on July 9, 2009 in Gerona, France<br />Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images<br />
  32. 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakhcycling team Astana leader AlbertoContador of Spain rides in the pack onJuly 9, 2009 in the 175 km and sixth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run betweenGerona and Barcelona. Swiss cycling team Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway won ahead of Dutch cycling team Rabobank Oscar Freire of Spain and Spanishcycling team Caisse d’Epargne Jose JoaquimRojas of Spain.<br />PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  33. US cycling team Garmin-Slipstream David Millar of Great Britain rides in a breakway on July 9, 2009 in the 175 km and sixth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Gerona and Barcelona.<br />PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  34. The pack rides along the Costa Brava during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers with start in Girona and finish in Barcelona, Spain.<br />AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski<br />
  35. PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana Lance Armstrong listens to Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank rider Jens Voigt.<br />
  36. The pack passes a roundabout during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers with start in Girona and finish in Barcelona, Spain<br />AP Photo/ChristopheEna<br />
  37. PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />Leading man, US cycling team Garmin-Slipstream David Millar rides on July 9, 2009 in the 175 km and sixth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Gerona and Barcelona.<br />
  38. Swiss cycling team Cervelo Thor Hushovdjubilatesafter winning onJuly 9, 2009 the 175 km and sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race run betweenGerona and Barcelona.<br />Hushovd won ahead of Dutch cycling team Rabobank Oscar Freire and Spanishcycling team Caisse d’Epargne Jose JoaquimRojas.<br />PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  39. Danish cycling team TeamSaxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara rides in the pack on July 9, 2009 in the 175 km and sixth stage of the <br />Tour de France cycling race run between Gerona and Barcelona.<br />JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  40. JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images<br />Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong rides in the pack with teammate and 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador<br />on July 9, 2009 in the 175 km and sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race run between Gerona and Barcelona.<br />
  41. A fan writes on the ground with yellow chalk “Frank and Andy”.<br />LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  42. AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski<br />Spectators cheers as the pack with Cadel Evans of Australia passes during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 224 kilometers with start in Barcelona.<br />
  43. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images<br />Fans wait for riders on the roadside on July 10, 2009, five kilometers before the arrival of the 224 km and seventh stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Barcelona and AndorreArcalis.<br />
  44. The pack rides past ‘La Pedrera’ designed by Gaudi during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, starting in Barcelona, and finishing in Arcalis Andorra, <br />Friday July 10, 2009. The 224 kilometer stage, the longest on the Tour this year, features the category 1 Col del Serra-Seca before the climb to Arcalis, <br />which is classified “beyond category.” The final ascent is 6.5 miles long and has an average gradient of 7.1 percent.<br />AP Photo/ManuFernandez<br />
  45. French cycling team AG2R-La MondialeRinaldoNocentini rides with teammate Christophe Riblon of France on July 10, 2009, <br />the 224 km and seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race run between Barcelona and AndorreArcalis.<br />PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images<br />
  46. PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images<br />French cycling team Agritubel’s Brice Feillu of France jubilates on the finish line before winning on July 10, 2009, the 224 km and seventh stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Barcelona and AndorreArcalis.<br />
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