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Archive: July, 2011

A Tour de France Where Down Under is Finally Up

Monday, July 25, 2011, 12:18 PM
The Tour de France win by veteran rider Cadel Evans of Australia, which concluded Sunday with the ceremonial procession into Paris, was a testament to a steady three weeks during which Evans did nothing particularly remarkable nor anything particularly awful. That’s an accomplishment right there... Read more

The Tour de France Goes On (Time) Trial

Friday, July 22, 2011, 5:21 PM
After more than 2,000 miles together through valleys and over mountains, the riders in the Tour de France go their separate ways down the same road on Saturday to decide the winner of the race. Two days of massive climbs in the high Alps shuffled and reshuffled the standing of the leaders and, entering... Read more

That's What He Said: Amaro's next move

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 3:26 PM
Video: Will Ruben Amaro Jr. make a splash at the deadline? Bob Ford of the Inquirer and the Daily News' Marcus Hayes discuss in the latest episode of That's What He Said. Read more

An Aussie Tries to Close Out The Tour

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 7:47 PM
What promises to be the most decisive day of the Tour de France finishes Thursday atop the massive Galibier, an Alpine peak that will require the riders to climb the final 14 miles up a 5.1 percent incline. There was a snow squall on the Galibier on Monday and if the stage had been scheduled for the... Read more

At the Tour, the French Kiss of Death

Monday, July 18, 2011, 11:05 AM
Bernard Hinault stood atop the podium on the Champs-Elysees on July 21, 1985, and he shook the trophy and the bouquet of flowers at the fans as only a native champion of the Tour de France is allowed. The Badger (Le blaireau, and, boy, was he ever), had just won his fifth Tour and although Hinault... Read more

Truth Day in the Tour de France

Friday, July 15, 2011, 1:08 PM
Or maybe not. The leading contenders for the overall Tour de France victory might still be waiting until the Alps to decide things, but Saturday's Stage 14, the final climb in the Pyrenees could shake out a winner whether that is the strategy or not. The stage rolls for 152 kilometers from west to... Read more

Reid's biggest regret

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 5:04 PM
Video: If Andy Reid could go back and change one thing that's happened during his head-coaching career, what would it be? Bob Ford of the Inquirer and Marcus Hayes of the Daily News discuss in the latest episode of That's What He Said. Read more

Better Phillies: Kruk or Schilling?

Thursday, July 7, 2011, 12:04 PM
Video: Which Phillies player had the better career: John Kruk or Curt Schilling? Bob Ford of the Inquirer and Marcus Hayes of the Daily News' discuss in the latest episode of That's What He Said. Read more
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