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Tour de France stage 9
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Stage 9 - Monday July 15, 2002: Lanester - Lorient ITT, 52 km

There were a few surprises in today's 52 km test against the clock. Tomorrow is rest day, then the battle resumes in the Pyrenees.

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Tour de France stage 8
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Stage 8 - Sunday July 14: St-Martin de Landelles - Plouay, 217.5 km

One country celebrated Bastille Day by dominating the eighth stage that finished in Plouay.

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Tour de France stage 7
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Stage 7 - Saturday July 13: Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - Avranches, 176 km

Drama filled day

A quiet day at the office turned into a frenetic dash to the finish as the end of stage 7 was filled with drama, including a 27 second delay for Lance Armstrong after being caught up in one of the many crashes.

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Tour de France stage 6
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Stage 6 - Friday July 12: Fourges-les-Eaux - Alencon, 199.5 km

Status quo continues in the peloton

Cool and grey weather conditions prevailed for most of the long stage across La France Profonde; across the rolling green dairyland of the Departements of Eure and Orne. Plenty of attacks all day cranked the average speed in the first two hours to 43.5 km/h, but Lotto and Domo wouldn't let anything go.

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Tour de France stage 5
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Stage 5 - Thursday July 11: Soissons - Rouen, 195 km

Soissons faces dead on into that pesky northwest wind from the English Channel; starting at 12:30, Stage 5 could be an occasion for an opportunist rider to go on a long solo break across the plains of northern France.

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Tour de France stage 4
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Stage 4 - Wednesday July 10: Epernay - Château-Thierry TTT, 67.5 km

Three way Battle of the Marne

By Jeff Jones

In the end it was only a matter of seconds, but the Maillot Jaune changed hands again after the Stage 4 team time trial from Epernay to Château-Thierry.

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Tour de France stage 3
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Stage 3 - Tuesday July 9: Metz - Reims, 174.5 km

Drama abounded today in the wide open sprint in Reims for stage 3, with a another close battle for the stage win and the maillot jaune.

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Stage 2 - Monday July 8: Luxembourg - Saarbrücken (Germany), 181 km

Frantic finish in Saarbrücken

By Tim Maloney, European editor

For the last 130 years, the Saarland has been a key region between France and Germany, rich in mineral resources and of strategic importance. Today's Tour De France stage roughly follows the line of the Maginot Line, where France hoped to stave off the assault of the German forces in between 1929 and 1940.

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Stage 1 - Sunday July 7: Luxembourg - Luxembourg, 192.5 km

Second times the charm for unknown Swiss

Un-Geburtstag-Party for Zabel

By Tim Maloney, European editor
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Today was a classic Tour classic on Stage One of the 2002 Tour de France, since the hilly roads around Luxembourg are not far from the Ardennes climbs where spring classics like Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Fleche Wallone are contested. It was Erik Zabel's 32nd birthday and the monster man from Unna was looking for a special present in his 12th TdF stage win and possibly a Maillot Jaune.

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Prologue - Saturday July 6, 2002: Luxembourg ITT, 7 km

Show of force: Armstrong flexes muscles on roller coaster prologue

By Tim Maloney, European editor
Lance Armstrong
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"I always have a special motivation at the Tour De France; I always go 'au bloc' (all-out), declared a delighted Lance Armstrong to the TV cameras in almost fluent French after winning the Prologue Time Trial of the 2002 Tour De France, with a smooth segue from last July 29th, when the Texan won his 3rd consecutive Tour De France. "This was a special stage, incredible...the city is very beautiful, hilly, technical, with pavé...I think it was a good stage to win." And win he did, as Armstrong swept past the pretenders to his Tour De France throne in a dramatic demonstration of raw power and sheer fitness to take the first Maillot Jaune of the 2002 Tour De France.

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