With the 86th Tour de France set to begin on July 3, road racing is switching into high gear. Break away to these sites and catch up with the latest news in the cycling world.
Pedal through the tour's official site to study each day's rugged racing routes, get the skinny on the toughest stages or, in the section on legendary tours, steep yourself in spoke lore. Reports on the 23-day, 20-stage race will include live audio broadcasts in English and French.
Armstrong, the captain of the U.S. Postal Service team that will be competing in the tour, is on the comeback trail after battling testicular cancer. The best thing about this site is the journal by his wife, Kristin, which provides an intimate look at life with a top road racer.
A cycling cyber-rag run by North American road racers and fans interested in hard-core European cycling news, this site offers daily tidbits on subjects from the latest doping travails to riders' fitness woes and injuries, as well as behind-the-scenes gossip. Fans can E-mail retired rider and Tour de France veteran Andy Hampsten.
sites we'd like to see
Site featuring video highlights of recent altercations involving the Knights, Ray and Bobby.
Chat room for pro golfers to air their gripes about the greens at this year's U.S. Open course.