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BELGIUM & FRANCE 30 Jun-22 Jul 2012 Australian Cadel Evans aims for second Tour de France win
The 2012 Tour de France, less mountainous than usual, begins with the prologue in Liege and travels clockw

June 30, 2012 - NULL

BELGIUM & FRANCE 30 Jun-22 Jul 2012 Australian Cadel Evans aims for second Tour de France win
The 2012 Tour de France, less mountainous than usual, begins with the prologue in Liege and travels clockwise around France before ending with the triumphal ride down the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Cadel Evans is aiming for the winner's yellow jersey for a second time. The grueling 2161.7 mile (3479 km) cycling race, viewed on television in some 190 countries, has come to be paired with doping. This year is no exception.

The year opened with news that three-time Tour champion Alberto

BELGIUM & FRANCE 30 Jun-22 Jul 2012 Australian Cadel Evans aims for second Tour de France win
The 2012 Tour de France, less mountainous than usual, begins with the prologue in Liege and travels clockwise around France before ending with the triumphal ride down the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Cadel Evans is aiming for the winner's yellow jersey for a second time. The grueling 2161.7 mile (3479 km) cycling race, viewed on television in some 190 countries, has come to be paired with doping. This year is no exception.

The year opened with news that three-time Tour champion Alberto Contador of Spain is disqualified, and that Lance Armstrong's legacy as a seven-time Tour de France champion is preserved.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport stripped Alberto Contador of his 2010 Tour de France title and banned the cyclist for two years after the court found the Spaniard guilty of doping. The sport's highest court suspended the three-time Tour champion after rejecting his claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day. he is eligible to return to competition on Aug. 6. He can appeal the verdict to Switzerland's supreme court.

Contador is one of only five cyclists to win the three Grand Tours -- the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta. He also won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009. In February became only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping. The first was American Floyd Landis, who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.

United States federal prosecutors dropped their investigation in February, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether Armstrong and his teammates joined in a doping program during his greatest years.

The 20-stage route includes two individual time trials - one on Stage 9, from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon on Jul 9 and the penultimate Stage 19, Bonneval to Chartres on Jul 21. (WRITTEN FEB 2012)

RELATED READING:

Tour de France web
http://www.letour.fr/us/index.html

Feds won't charge Lance Armstrong (ESPN/AP 4 Feb 2012)
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/story/_/id/7538482/federal-prosecutors-close-lance-armstrong-doping-case-press-charges

Blood Doping Goes Back to the Future (Atlantic 2 Nov 2010)
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/11/blood-doping-goes-back-to-the-future/65508/

Date written/update: 2012-06-30