Don't know a peloton from an echelon? Relax-the Tour is complicated. Here's a fast and light summary of how cycling's greatest race is run.
They're Dancing on the Pedals
Holy bitumen! It's Phil and Paul, the excitable Brits who give le Tour its champagne gush.
Lance's 2003 Tour victory was almost a lossin his own words, he "dodged a bullet." This year the Tourminator is plenty fit, a little less furious, and hungrier than ever. A revealing interview with the greatest rider on earth.
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Heinz Stücke: Pedaling the Planet
Big Bend National Park
Wheel Through Endless Texas Badlands
Pack a Fleece for Mexico
Falling for Yolo
There's still California gold in the mellow space between Napa and the Sierra
The Islands of Summer
The 2004 American Adventure Almanac
Don't miss out: Make plans now to experience the classic rites of summer
Take the Yellow Jersey Tour
Don't let Lance hog the fun. Here's how to ride your own epic stage of the world's greatest cycling race.