Here's an updated collection of Tour 2006 info:
Le Tour de France Official Website
Le Tour 2006 Stages
Le Tour 2006 Interactive Map
Le Tour 2006 Route
Outdoor Life Network (OLN) US Cable TV Coverage
Eurosport Tour Coverage
The Daily Peleton
Capure The Peleton (Photography)
Le Grande Boucle (Cool combo of text and other Tour infos)
NPR: Tour de France 2006 Coverage
NY Times Tour de France 2006 Interactive Reference
Wannabe Bike Girl
Velogal's Race Blog
Frank Steele's Tour Guide for Beginners
TDF For the Rest of Us
If you have additional resources to share: websites, blogs. etc., please let me know, so I can keep this list updated.
UPDATE 2006-06-30 Looks like recent scandals and a Spanish report "Operation Puerto" have now knocked out Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso, Francisco Mancebo and more. Full details in my dedicated post, Tour de France 2006: Ullrich, Basso, Mancebo, Beloki Out!
Oh man, it's only 2 weeks away...
July 1, 2006 is the start of Tour de France 2006!
Last night I had my Tour fire lit — now I can't shake it.
Here's how it happened.
Late last night, I visited Centripedal, the blog of fellow 9rules member Mike Papageorge. His post, Video from Hautacam, TDF 2000 has a YouTube video of the 2004 Tour, where Lance Armstrong shreds the field on a climb in stage 10, Lourdes-Hautacam. Lance reduces a 10:35 deficit the breakaway leader, Javier Ochoa had, down to just 41 seconds at the finish. Wow.
Then I hit YouTube to search for Tour videos, including the classic moment from the 2001 Tour, where Lance gives Ullrich "the look" before kicking in the afterburners to take the stage at L'Alpe D'Huez, eventually winning his 3rd Tour:
Next, the 2003 Tour, where Joseba Beloki crashes out on a sticky tar road (still makes me sick to see that crash), forcing Lance to take it off-road, barely evading the oncoming racers to join the peleton:
Or the scene on Luz-Ardiden, where Armstrong's brake lever caught on a spectator's bag, dropping him, his chain and pedals causing problems, and the attack that followed in his the 5th Tour win:
2003 is still my favorite Tour, because Lance had to fight for that 5th win, getting it by a minute or so, unlike most of his other multiple-minute Tour wins.
The Legend of Lance is a nice retrospective on Lance Armstrong's career at CyclingNews.com.
I have a feeling Tour de France 2006 will be much more like 2003. There is such a wide field of competitors this year, so the battles will be close until a leader emerges. Who will that leader be? Basso? Ullrich? Hincapie? Who knows! But it sure will be a blast finding out. :-)