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PARIS (AP) -- Floyd Landis was in the yellow jersey as the final stage of the Tour de France got underway on Sunday.
Barring accident or mishap, Landis was expected to win the race and become the third American champion of cycling's showcase event.
Landis began the 96-mile route from Sceaux-Antony to the tree-lined streets of Paris' Champs-Elysees with a 59-second lead over Oscar Pereiro. He was 1:29 ahead of Andreas Kloeden of Germany.
Lance Armstrong was not there.
Landis' stage victory may become one of the real Tour legends, but it will not bring him out of Armstrong's giant shadow. There are still people who dismiss Luis Ocaņa's victory in 1973 by stressing the fact that Eddy Merckx was not racing that year.
Was it a farce because Lance wasn't there?
Was it a farce because a sub-par American won?
Was it a farce even without Lance?
If it's not really a farce, was the win diminished because Lance wasn't there?
Is there more of a conspiracy than any of us could ever know?
Floyd's full day attack on the whole peleton to regain his lost time was inspiring. Rassmusen's solo adventure to win the polka dot makes him a hero for all uphill riders. Robbie is still the fastest. Eric Zabel - he's still there! (Makes me proud to be an old guy on a bike) Thanks Ekimov, nice way to finish.
Only eleven months to wait for the next tour...
He tested positive on the 17th leg for massive amounts of testerone...(he claims he did nothing wrong...but the new testing from the Tour de France body says otherwise)...
too bad...he achieved a spectactular turnaround down 8 minutes and erasing 7+ minutes the next day (the leg where he was nailed for massive testerone levels)..