Lance Armstrong Back Into Tour de France Contention
American cycling legend Lance Armstrong has staged resurgence in this year’s Tour de France to take third place in the overall rankings after Stage Three.
The 37-year old American is one of the sport’s all time greats, but this year had not started as Armstrong would have liked, dropping behind the pre-tour favorite Alberto Contador in the rankings. Monday turned out to be a pivotal stage for Armstrong, who placed himself superbly in the breakaway group, leaving Contador wedged in the middle of the chasing peloton.
Armstrong could be in a position to reclaim the yellow jersey today as a team trial beginning in Montpellier should see Armstrong make further inroads into the tour’s leader, Fabian Cancellara. The 40 second lead might be a little too much for Armstrong’s Astara team though, with Cancellara’s Saxo Bank teams on the of the best in the team trial discipline.
The Texan is well documented as being one of the most resilient characters in world sport, especially after battling cancer before regaining his place in the saddle. “Never say never," said Armstrong when asked if he thought he could wear the yellow jersey for the 84th time in his career.
The Tour will conclude in the famed final stage on Paris’ Champs-Élysées on July 26.