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News Briefs: 2003 Tour might begin and end in Paris; New pedals for Lance?

Representatives of the Société du Tour de France and the mayor of Paris are in preliminary negotitations over the possibility that next year’s centenary edition of the Tour de France will both start and finish in the French capital. Thus far, no agreement has emerged, but, if successful, the arrangement would mark the first time in 40 years that France’s grand tour began and ended in Paris. – Copyright AFP 2000 A new Postal Pedal with Lance in Mind? It looks like this year's Tour de France may mark something of a first... the first time Lance Armstrong puts some new pedals on his

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Photo: Graham Watson

Representatives of the Société du Tour de France and the mayor of Paris are in preliminary negotitations over the possibility that next year’s centenary edition of the Tour de France will both start and finish in the French capital.

Thus far, no agreement has emerged, but, if successful, the arrangement would mark the first time in 40 years that France’s grand tour began and ended in Paris.

– Copyright AFP 2000

A new Postal Pedal with Lance in Mind?

It looks like this year’s Tour de France may mark something of a first… the first time Lance Armstrong puts some new pedals on his bike.

The Posties are riding at the Tour of Valencia and all of the team’s bikesare now equipped with a new Shimano clipless pedal. Word is that Shimano has been working on something to convince Lance Armstrong to make the switch to a more modern Shimano platform.

While the three-time Tour winner is known to be a fan of technology, he has long insisted on riding his old saddle and using his 15-year-old Look-compatible Shimanos, eschewing the more contemporary SPDs and SPD-Rs.

Photo: Graham Watson

Nope, we haven’t seen Lance on these yet, but from the looks of it, these might just satisfy the big man’s demands. We’ll keep you apprised.
 

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