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Stage 16- updates all the way to Sarran

5:33 p.m. [local time] After a final breakaway attempt by Francois Simon -- the man who had been in the yellow jersey -- Erik Zabel won the field sprint as the peloton finished more than 25 minutes behind stage winner Jens Voigt. Zabel, however, only gained a point in the race for the green jersey, since Stuart O'Grady finished right on Zabel's wheel. The Australian still leads Zabel by 12 points in the green points jersey competition. Stay tuned for complete results and a post-stage wrap up story later this morning. 5:08 p.m. [local time] Alexandre Bocharov (Ag2R-Prevoyance) has edged out

Long break pays off for Voigt, McGee; Postal squad vigilant to keep Armstrong safe

In late July in France, there are plenty of pleasant ways to spend a sunny summer afternoon during vacation season. Riding a bicycle for nearly six hours in 90-degree weather is not one of them. But after two-and-a-half weeks, and more than 1600 miles covered, that’s what the riders in the Tour de France face for most of the final week. These are the dog days of the Tour, when many of the weary riders are just looking forward to getting to Paris. Still, even during the dog days, every day presents another chance for glory or disappointment, and Wednesday’s Stage 16 from Castelsarrasin to

Tyler Tunes: Eat or the Tour eats you

A funny thing happens on your way through the Tour de France. You get tired of eating. I'm thinking this is the ultimate sign of fatigue. Because, generally, I like to eat. And considering the team has it's own chef -- it's not about the quality of our daily cuisine. It's the mass quantities of calories we have to put down each day that gets tiring. It's ironic actually, because throughout the season we have to be so maniacal about what we put into our bodies. And here, by the third week, it's kind of an anything-goes atmosphere. We spent the day in the cockpit of the peloton, as we raced

Technical FAQ with Lennard Zinn: Ullrich’s superlight ride (updated text)

Jan Ullrich has done everything he can to lose weight off of his body. He and his mechanics have also gone to extraordinary lengths to take a full kilogram off of the bike he uses in the mountains. The big German also has some particular preferences about his components, and his mechanics and suppliers clearly bend over backward to accommodate them. Ullrich’s climbing frame is a lighter version of his Pinarello Prince. It appears to have standard Prince carbon fork and seatstay wishbone, but the aluminum main tubes have thinner walls, and the down tube is smaller diameter. As his climbing

World junior track championships open in T-Town; Farrar qualifies with fourth-fastest pursuit time

In today's opening session of the 2001 World Junior Track Championships, USA's Tyler Farrar qualified for the quarterfinal round of the men's 3km individual pursuit. Farrar -- in only his fourth pursuit ride of his career -- clocked a 3:29.701 on the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. Competition runs from July 25 to 29. The morning's fastest time, in hot, muggy conditions, went to defending world junior champion Volodymyr Dyudiya (Ukraine) in 3:27.090. Germany's Christopher Meschenmoser was second (3:27.350) and Dyudiya's countryman, Vitaliy Kondrut next

Livingston’s Diary: Burning tires, crazy attacks, and Jan’s crash

Both Tuesday (stage 15, Pau-Lavaur, 232.5km) and Wednesday (stage 16, Castelsarrasin-Sarran, 227.5km) were really hard from the start because they were both just up and down the whole way. Yesterday, there were only 2 or 3 climbs that were categorized (ed. note, there were four), but there were at least 10 or 12 climbs that should have been. I got away in one group, but Botero was in there, so ONCE chased it down. Another we were in, Gonzalez Galdeano was also there, and it got chased right down, too. You have to watch out with those breaks, because guys high on GC. try to slip in unnoticed.