Lance Armstrong had already hinted that this would be his last Tour. He announced that it would not be easy to win for the seventh time in a row, but he had really set his sights on. Armstrong scored for the first time since 1992, will not take part in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.But he ran in June 2005 Critérium du Dauphiné Libere, finishing in fourth place. The Discovery Channel has proven to be the best team in the bus and Armstrong won the points classification.
The 2005 Tour de France
The familiar Favorites were present again: Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, Francisco Mancebo, Alexander Vinokourov and Levi Leipheimer. Even Michael Rasmussen and Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis would join the front. Armstrong performed with basically the same team as last year, but with a different sponsor Discovery Channel. This edition of the Tour de France was nearly 200 kilometres longer than the previous edition: 3607 kilometres. One change was that the traditional prologue was replaced by a long individual time trial in the first stage. There was also the team time trial in the fourth stage and an individual time trial on the penultimate stage. There were two stages in the Alps and Pyrenees three rides. Not a totally bad schema for Armstrong, but it was the first time the trial fairly short, almost as big as a prologue.
Lance Armstrong captured the yellow
American David Zabriskie decided the road victory for the nose of the Armstrong, which followed two seconds. Jan Ullrich was the eleventh, at 1.08 minutes. The next two sprint stages where water at the mill for Tom Boonen. In the team trial time gave the team Armstrong again of his card, although the difference with number two, Team CSC, narrowly: 2 seconds. But it gave Armstrong the yellow Jersey pretty early. From that moment, Armstrong controlled the race. He did not win as many steps as the five tour in 2004, but he defended his shirt with flying colors.
Armstrong regained the yellow in the first Alpine stage
In the ninth stage, Armstrong lost card his shirt by a long breakaway by Dane Michael Rasmussen.Christophe Moreau and Jens Voigt followed 3.04 minutes, while the rest of the Pack came in to 6.04 minutes. Because of this difference, Jens Voigt was the yellow Jersey to lift the shoulders. After the rest day, Armstrong said in the tenth scene back in order. He finished the mountain stage from Grenoble to Courchevel, second, at the same time as stage winner Alejandro Valverde. Michael Rasmussen was third at nine seconds. In the next stage, the 11th Alpine ride from Courchevel to Briancon, Vinokourov stole the show. He was in 1.05 minutes faster than the Group of favourites, including yellow Jersey Armstrong.
Armstrong’s faithful servant George Hincapie WINS Koninginnerit
The twelfth and thirteenth stage was again flat stages. And the Pyrenees were visited in the 14th stage. Austrian Georg Totschnig won stage from Agde to Ax 3 Domaines, Armstrong and Basso 56 seconds with 58 seconds. Jan Ullrich sat close behind at 1.16 minutes from the Austrian. During Queen stage from Lezat-sue-Leze to Saint-Lary-Soulan George Hincapie could go insane. Hincapie was the only one that Armstrong in the last seven Tour de France shares had helped. Michael Boogerd was fourth at 57 seconds while Basso and Armstrong as number six and seven came in at 5.04 minutes, but far ahead of the other favorites. Ullrich lost for example. 1.24 minutes on Armstrong. The last mountain stage from Mourenx to Pau, delivered a victory for Óscar Pereiro Sio, the revelation of this tour. He was the last day still pretty second at 6 seconds of Hincapie, but could now take revenge.
Armstrong earned by winning the trial time is the only stage starr
The seventeenth stage provided a good example of an escape. Paolo Savoldelli, also on the Discovery Channel, was 22.28 minutes earlier than in the large group, including Armstrong. The 18th stage was also a great escape. This time wins the Spaniard Marcos Antonio Serrano Rodriguez. Armstrong and his competitors followed by 11.18 minutes. The 19th step was the scene for a little escape, which was won by Italian Giuseppe Guerini.
Then comes in the nineteenth stage big Trial: 55 kilometers from Saint-Etienne to Saint-Etienne. It served the Armstrong single stage win. Jan Ullrich was almost traditional, the other at 23 seconds. Vinokourov finished third, with 1.17 minutes behind Armstrong. Bobby Julich took fourth place occupied: 1.33 minutes. And Ivan Basso, given no time trial specialist, was fifth at the handsome 1.54, minutes from Armstrong. In the final step, the champagne stage to Paris, nothing changed. Four days after the U.S. drove the entire Tour in yellow. Lance Armstrong made history again by seven times in a row to win the Tour de France.
See also: Lance Armstrong-2009 Tour de France.