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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Melissa Otterbein never has thought of herself as a world-class athlete, just someone who was persistent and worked hard to achieve her goals. At Towson University, where she was a member of the swimming team, Otterbein made the Colonial Athletic Association championships twice in her four years. Otterbein, who grew up outside Philadelphia and has remained in Baltimore after graduating four years ago, has another goal that appears a little more challenging: She is trying to get the Tour de France to hold a race for women.
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By New York Times News Service | July 8, 1992
BORDEAUX, France -- So who thought that Richard Virenque, with a lead of 4 minutes, 34 seconds in the Tour de France -- seemingly enough time to stroll through yesterday's stage -- would keep the leader's yellow jersey for just one day?He lost the jersey by less than a country mile -- actually about a kilometer -- to an RMO teammate, Pascal Lino, but he lost it nevertheless.Virenque, who took the mantle of leadership on Monday thanks to a long breakaway, was the victim of a similar attack yesterday.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Melissa Otterbein never has thought of herself as a world-class athlete, just someone who was persistent and worked hard to achieve her goals. At Towson University, where she was a member of the swimming team, Otterbein made the Colonial Athletic Association championships twice in her four years. Otterbein, who grew up outside Philadelphia and has remained in Baltimore after graduating four years ago, has another goal that appears a little more challenging: She is trying to get the Tour de France to hold a race for women.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | May 7, 1991
When Sean Kelly walked through BWI Airport yesterday, no one's head turned. No one rushed up and asked for his autograph. No one even looked twice.Maybe he should have flashed his American Express card.For Kelly was the No. 1 cyclist in the world from 1986 to 1990. The lack of recognition was a fact that didn't seem to bother Kelly, who was arriving with 70 other world-class competitors for the Tour Du Pont.But then, Sean Kelly has mixed feelings about being here, anyway.All things considered, he'd rather be home in Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland, resting up for the Tour de France.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | July 14, 1998
CORK, Ireland -- Chris Boardman, who wore the leader's yellow jersey for the first two days, crashed yesterday and fractured his left wrist, knocking him out of the Tour de France.About 90 minutes away from the finish of the 127-mile second stage, Boardman's front wheel clipped the rear wheel of teammate Frederic Moncassin's bike. Boardman's helmet hit a stone fence, cutting his forehead.Tour doctor David Curtis said Boardman, the gold medalist in the 1992 Olympics in pursuit, had a fractured left wrist, as well as cuts and bruises to his face.
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By JOHN JEANSONNE and JOHN JEANSONNE,NEWSDAY | July 25, 2006
Even as the bouquets of praise are piling up for Floyd Landis, in recognition of his improbable, theatrical Tour de France victory that concluded Sunday, the real flowers offering sympathy and get-well wishes aren't far away. Landis said yesterday that he hopes to have hip replacement surgery "in the next month" and admitted he is optimistic but uncertain about his cycling career after the operation. During an afternoon conference call from Paris, Landis - suddenly a sports celebrity at age 30 - acknowledged he is "a little bit" nervous about the procedure to fix his right hip bone, which has been withering from a lack of blood flow since a 2003 crash.
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July 19, 1991
American Greg LeMond lost his lead in the Tour de France and French riders celebrated a fiesta in Spain when Luc Leblanc took the overall lead and Charly Mottet won his second straight stage in a surprise breakaway in the Pyrenees yesterday.Leblanc, Mottet and Swiss rider Pascal Richard gained almost seven minutes on the main peloton, which included LeMond, the defending champion, in the 119-mile stage from Pau, France, to Jaca, Spain. Leblanc, who started the day in sixth place, 4 minutes, 20 seconds behind LeMond, now leads him by 2:35.
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July 2, 1995
SAINT-BRIEUC, France -- Outsider Jacky Durand of France made the most of the early dry weather yesterday to win the prologue time trial of the Tour de France as the favorites saw their hopes washed away in a rainstorm.Tony Rominger of Switzerland and four-time defending champion Miguel Indurain of Spain were unwilling to take risks during the 4.5-mile time trial, and finished well down in the provisional standings.It was a day when staying upright on the wet, slippery track was vital.Britain's Chris Boardman went all out in the rain and it was costly, as he crashed into the railings on a slow corner.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | July 9, 1992
American fans of one of the world's great sporting events face a good news/bad news situation this year.The good news is they can find same-day coverage of every one of the 21 stages of the Tour de France bicycle race on their television sets.The bad news is they can only watch it on cable, via the all-sports ESPN network, a basic-subscription service in most areas.The grueling endurance event began Saturday and concludes July 26 on the Champs Elysses in Paris. And midway through the first week, American Greg LeMond, a three-time winner, remains among the favorites after a seventh-place finish last year.
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July 17, 2013
Toronto residents and their Baltimore cousins are fighting heat. (Ours is worse, but they have less cooling infrastructure to fight it.) A cartoonist/runner, meanwhile, is fighting what he calls "The Blerch. " And Tour de France riders are fighting for the next stage in their saga. Welcome to your online trends report for Wednesday, July 17, 2013. || TRENDING ONLINE || Talia Castellano Where: Google search Why: Talia Joy Castellano, a bubbly cancer patient who became an honorary CoverGirl with the help of Ellen DeGeneres, has died.
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By Susan Bickelhaupt and Susan Bickelhaupt,Boston Globe | July 24, 1995
PARIS -- This was supposed to go down in the history books as a spectacular win for Miguel Indurain in the Tour de France -- making him the only rider to capture the race five times in a row. But it will be remembered for another reason, too: as the year a rider crashed and died.The death last Tuesday of Italy's Fabio Casartelli seemed to suck all the pomp and circumstance out of the 82-year-old race that has become known as the most prestigious cycling event in the world.But the Tour did retain enough pageantry yesterday for thousands of spectators to line the Champs-Elysees and welcome the racers who had been riding about 100 miles every day for the past three weeks.
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By Bonnie DeSimone and Bonnie DeSimone,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 28, 2003
PARIS - There was something raw and revealing about Lance Armstrong's face this year, a look that came over him when he knew he didn't have the legs to respond the way he wanted. Armstrong campaigned for a record-tying, fifth straight victory in the Tour de France with the clenched jaw of a man stacking sandbags before the floodwaters. Though he led the three-week race from its eighth day on, the 31-year-old Texan had to tread water in situations where he used to ride the waves. Depleted by illness, crashes and dehydration, and hampered by mechanical problems, Armstrong plugged the leaks, conserved his energy and won his most difficult Tour with a single, lethal strike in the Pyrenees Mountains a week ago. He finished the 2,129-mile race yesterday a mere 61 seconds ahead of rival Jan Ullrich of Germany.
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